Stories by the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Bowden: Baptism ushers us into the household of God

Baptism is my favorite sacrament. It should be -- I have been baptized four times.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015

Stop and consider depth of God's love

Are you feeling a little sluggish this first day after Christmas? Are you close to exhaustion after all the preparation, cooking, buying, wrapping, hospitality, and over eating? Do you need a ...
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

Remembering is central to faith, worship, Communion

Remembering is present in everything we do as people of faith. Through intercessional prayer we remember those whom we lift up to God. 
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Aug 14, 2015

New puppy makes world seem new

Lexi brings new life, and in that bringing she tells us that maybe we can wake up every morning and see the world as a puppy sees it. A world full of awe and wonder.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Epiphany reminder of summer decision long ago

This New Year marks the 50th anniversary of the most important event in my life. In the South in the 1950s, usually in the summer, every little community had one or more spirited revivals. 
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Scripture, Hippocratic Oath still relevant today

The ideals of the Hippocratic Oath and the ideals of scripture overlay each other to the point that over the millennia they have blended together like ingredients in a mixing bowl.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Joe Bowden: Lone Ranger reminds me of Jesus

No one ever knew the Lone Ranger's identity. But we can know Jesus. Start by answering his question: "Who do you say that I am?"
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Pets reveal to us the unconditional love of God

At 6:20 a.m. on Nov. 1, our Shih Tzu puppy, Gabbi looked back at us once, and then crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Gabbi was gone, and she took a big piece of us with her.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer brings God's gift of Sabbath

Summer life affords many of us the opportunity to relax a little more, be refreshed and be re-created. By that, I mean re-created by God's renewing Spirit.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, May 3, 2013

Every day should be a National Day of Prayer

The first Thursday in May is the National Day of Prayer, but we need more than one day to honor the gift of freedom.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, April 5, 2013

What about church after Easter?

I wonder what our Augusta area churches will look like tomorrow. Will the pews be packed? Will additional folding chairs be necessary? Will there be standing room only? Probably not.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

Star of wonder points us to the manger

Whether the star that led the wise men was physical, supernatural or both will continue to fascinate humans as we consider the "how" (science) and the "why" (religion) of our creation.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

Prayer is a quiet miracle

There are many different prayer schedules and methods, which in many instances are unique to a given group, but all pray. With this historical evidence it would seem that our need to "get in touch ...
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Sept. 28, 2012

Empty out your attic and give

We all have attics and lives that are filled to overflowing. God has called us to give -- could it be time to share all that good "stuff"?
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, June 29, 2012

You don't know faith 'til it's gone

In truth, life and every gift we have are temporarily on loan, and it is our responsibility to take care of them.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, April 20, 2012

First Tee's values help kids succeed

As you read The Augusta Chronicle this morning, the second round of the Junior Invitational golf tournament is getting under way at the Sage Valley Golf Club in Granite­ville.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

Bible is preventive medicine for soul

A recent article in a respected medical journal proclaimed that one of the most significant developments of modern health care is "preventive medicine.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

Bridging day celebrates Christ the King

Sunday is the feast day of Christ the King. The celebration is one of those special liturgical bridging days that connects one major season to another.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Oct. 7, 2011

Like Luke, we are called to be healers

This special time in the church year once again brings into sharp focus Jesus' healing ministry as exemplified by Luke and the Gospel stories that only he recorded for us.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden

Friday, Aug 5, 2011

How we live, not how long, is important

The massacre in Norway last month, and the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks remind us in no uncertain terms that life is short.
By the Rev. Joe Bowden
 
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