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Interim Pastor, Timothy Swanson


Sherry and I have three children (Jessica, Christine, and Erik) and three grandchildren (Morgan, Ian, and Zoe). My wife and I like to flower garden together where I do most of the landscaping, I model an HO train layout in my basement covering Pennsylvania system during the 1940’s and 50’s (mostly like to scratch build massive buildings); I devour books especially History and Theology as well as places I visited (my personal library is over 3000 books); I like to visit historical places especially civil war battle sites and presidential homes, as well as national parks and seashores.

 

I still have passion for preaching and learning and teaching. I consider myself a biblical oriented Christian (to borrow a phrase from my dads) who has a passion for the word of God as shared by my reading mentor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who I have been reading since my seminary days. I am a believer that the church needs to get back to basics and learn how to be the body of Christ in the twenty first century as it was in the first century which means we need to return to the teaching of Paul (particularly Romans) and the small catechism of Martin Luther. I am biased in that I think the future of the church is not mega churches but smaller congregations such as your own who partner up with two to four other like congregations who grow together the work of God. My reason: in the high technology age we live within, people will need more and more to be connected to people in a very real corporate way where the accent is on genuine community life (the work of the Holy Spirit: third article of the creed). Only a community centered in Christ can offer the hope of the future as a present reality today grounded in God’s Grace and lived out in our baptismal callings. Only then will the Creation (even the one that is dying) be reordered by God’s new creation in Christ and not governed by any ideology (conservative or liberal). It is god’s agenda that the church is called to proclaim and nothing else, that is, a new creation is being born in the death and resurrection of Christ.

Let us pray that God will grow the body of Christ together.       

Your servant in Christ,   Pastor Tim

 

 

  

 

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