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Aug
06
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What’s In a Name? By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America “That’s Mary Seeklander.  She grew up in this church.”  Those were among the sweetest words I heard on a rece…
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Jul
29
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by Eric Sponheim, former board member Saying “I’ll pray for you” is an often-expressed response to others’ cares and concerns. By itself, the statement may mean a lot or a little. Coming from a poli…
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Jul
22
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by Rev. Rick Admiraal, pastor of New Life Prison Community, Newton, Iowa A massive youth gathering took place in Houston, Texas from June 27 to July 1.  Even though we're not as young as we used to b…
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Jul
15
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by Rev. John Harrison, board member As I minister to people who have served their time in prison and are returning to the outside world, the strongest pastoral connections often begin with the hard-n…
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Jul
02
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Freedom By Mary Mortenson, Director of Prison Congregations of America  I miss my mom. She was born on the 4th of July, and she died in 1984 about ten days after her 70th birthday.  I always assumed…
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Jun
30
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by Eric Sponheim, former board member “Ordinary Time” is a peculiar church phrase. Formally, it refers to the long series of numbered Sundays after Pentecost. From late May or early June until the A…
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Jun
24
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by Rev. Paul Stone, pastor of the Church of the Damascus Road, Rockwell City and Fort Dodge, Iowa I am nearly 70 years of age. And I have had a change of heart. For that I thank God. Fifteen years a…
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Jun
17
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by Rev. Terry Schjang, pastor of New Beginnings Worshiping Community, Denver Women's Correctional Facility  A call came in at 11:20PM, but I didn’t answer it because of the hour and because I didn’t …
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Jun
06
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“I’ll Pray for You” By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, PCA  “I’ll pray for you.”  I wonder how many times I’ve said that in the last few months.  How about you?  Does it mean anything? Sometimes…
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May
31
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by Rev. Chris Flohr, PCA Board Chair The first time I learned the meaning of the Greek word karios I did an Aha!  Karios is God’s time and God doesn’t necessarily operate on kronos (also a Greek word…
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