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Posts by Tim Wilmetti

Dear Luke Bryan…

Dear Luke Bryan, Let me start by saying that my favorite song of yours is “Country Man” that came out back when you still performed country music.  I have not followed your music much since, though I enjoy seeing you hunting deer on Buck Commander.  Recently, I heard your song “Most People Are Good” on…

On Charlottesville…

As I’m sure you already know, violence erupted in Charlottesville, VA last weekend when a group of White Nationalists (Alt-Right, White Supremacists, or whatever label of choice) rallied in protest over the removal of Confederate statues.  The group was organized: they obtained the necessary permits, purchased Tiki-torches in bulk, and arrived bearing helmets, shields, and…

Jesus was a Jew

Over the last few weeks, a clergy friend and I have been meeting to discuss a book we started reading together titled The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi by Robby Gallaty.  The basic premise is this: We often neglect the fact that Jesus was a Jew.  As modern Westerners, we…

Memorial Day Speech

Yesterday I had the honor of participating in Bluffton’s Memorial Day activities hosted by the American Legion Post 382.  It was a privilege to be afforded the opportunity to speak at the ceremony.  For anyone who may not have been able to make it, my comments are below. Memorial Day Speech – May 29, 2017…

The Meaning of Membership

Our church recently held a class for those interested in joining the church.  As I began organizing it, I was exposed to a new trend that is affecting a lot of churches today: church membership has become meaningless.  I found this out firsthand through my efforts to get people to sign up.  I sent out…

Be True to Yourself?

As I sat in the drive-thru, waiting to place my order, I turned on the radio to break the silence.  I flipped through the stations in an attempt to find some music when I stumbled upon a conversation between the DJ and a caller.  “I would tell myself to be true to yourself.  God loves…