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December 22, 2020 32 min

Standing Stones. Ever thought much about these unusual large standing stones, which probably bring to mind the famous Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England? You probably haven't, and for a good reason. We don't know much about them. 

These sizeable ancient rock formations come with little explanation. We guess the oldest to be 12,000 years old found in Turkey. Similar strange circles and other shapes pop up all over the world. They far predate any known language or alphabet, which goes a long way towards explaining why we don't know much about them. The engineering and precision of their placement are frequently so advanced they defy any logical explanation. Many also have unique astronomical dynamics to them, which are nothing short of impressive.

As curious and baffling as these structures may be, one thing we do know: they have stood the test of time, weather, civilizations, and wars. They force us to ponder humanity before written history. From where have we come? To where are we going?

For many such questions are irritating and cause impatience. There is food to be bought, children to attend, plants to water, and calls to return until there isn't. When the busyness stops, the loneliness kicks in, the fears arise, where do you turn?

For two thousand years in the Western World, there is an answer to that question. Those big haunting questions land us with a visit to the local pastor or priest. This particular profession has provided a resource for the big questions in life. The clergy have listened, provided the skills of useful sounding boards, given wisdom and solace to point us beyond ourselves to something which makes suicide an unattractive alternative.

But what happens when the busyness stops, the loneliness kicks in, the fears arise, and you be the clergy?

Today we have with us two people who decided to answer this question. Interestingly, they chose to name the organization Standing Stone. Let's meet them.

From Newport Beach, California, Jim and Debbie Hogan, the founders of Standing Stone Ministry, welcome to Church Hurts And.

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