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The importance and meaning of ‘watch’

Hello, friends! I have, indeed, been taught, by the most stringent professionals on the planet, the electron microscope definition of the word “watch”: the U.S. Navy. I have credentials. …

The parfait of God’s word

T he Gospel message, also called “The Good News,” is quite simple: acknowledging that you have sinned and need the risen Son of God, Jesus Christ, to save your soul and to lead you …

A rabbi’s reflection on Ramadan 

As a rabbi, you are most likely expecting me to write about a Jewish holiday or topic for my Worship column. Instead, I feel compelled to write about how I celebrated the Muslim holy month of …

Do you have a job or a calling?

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran Oct. 31, 2012, is by Mark Smith, former senior pastor of Mukilteo Presbyterian …

Why am I burning out?

The longer I am in ministry the more I see the problem of what we have come to know as “burnout.” The story is all too familiar. In the beginning, a person has a passion and a …

Use your voice

Hello friends, I hope this writing finds you well. My daughter, who now lives in Australia, is visiting with her daughter. It is an absolute joy having her and our granddaughter with us. The …

Doing the impossible

On Easter morning, there is usually the rush of kids and egg hunts, hopefully also church service and then the big family get-together for a meal. We all have our routines around this Christian …

When pastors retire

I have the best job in the world! For more than 35 years, I have served among people who I love and respect. It has been an honor and a privilege. I have met amazing people along the way. …

Thought-provoking films worth checking out

As anyone who knows me knows, I am a pastor who loves movies. As the recent Oscar ceremonies made clear, this has been a bountiful year for superior film craft. Allow me to share about a few of my …

‘Let us all work for peace’

Today, I have good news and bad news. Thankfully, I still know fellow Americans who regularly encourage empathy and compassion towards fellow human beings, recognizing shared struggles and values, …

40 acres of prime swamp land available

Anyone ever wire money to help that Nigerian prince who keeps finding himself in jail? Probably not, but if you have then I’ve got 40 acres of prime swamp land I’d like to sell you. …

Breaking bad habits

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran Dec. 31, 2019 is by Mark Smith, former senior pastor of Mukilteo Presbyterian Church. …

Hello friends! The new degrees of abomination globally have me ever more often racing to The Word. What a wonderful silver lining to today’s particular crumbling. I’m sure glad that …

Each column I compose is an overflow of my heart and mind when I write. Today, I find my mind drawn to the idea of hope. Several years back, I was honored to sit on a committee of public …

Acts of service

Since my mother passed away almost four years ago, my father has had a difficult time adjusting to life without her. Thankfully, he had family living nearby in Hawaii, so that helped him …

Believing in the same God | Worship

Did you know the Vatican declared Muslims and Christians believe in the same God? It’s thought-provoking – a Muslim-Christian relationship – suggesting we have something in common. …

The new year and the gospel | Worship

W e are a little over the halfway mark of January 2024. How are those New Year’s resolutions going? The gym is a little bit emptier than a few weeks ago, reading has been pushed to the next day …

Civility during such a time as this

O n a recent ferry ride from Mukilteo to Clinton, I found myself yet again in awe of the glorious setting in which we live. Blue-green waters and little white caps. The pine tree skyline. …

Using our senses to better ourselves | Worship

It has always fascinated me how much scripture uses and calls for the use of our senses in our reading. We hear winds blow over creation waters. We hear the very waters themselves trickle or …

How do you see Jesus? | Worship

It’s three days into the New Year. Is Christmas packed away? For Christians who also follow a church year calendar, Christmas ends Jan. 6 with Epiphany, the arrival of the Magi – foreign wise …

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