Pentecost Ponderings III

If I were to express one regret in asking people to write in a question for a future sermon it would be the reality that I can’t get to all the questions all at once. So far, I have had more than 25 questions asked, and to date, I’ve been...

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Pentecost Pondering I

Yesterday’s second-highest of holy days still remains our best unintentionally kept secret. Unlike Christmas, which was established as a major feast in the Christian church in the 5th century, Pentecost is almost as old as the core celebrations of our faith at Easter. In many ways, Pentecost marks that transition...

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Lenten Reflections II

I’m sitting in my office this morning just starting to look through the cards that came in with yesterday’s offering. For those of you who weren’t there on Sunday, I’ve decided to take a somewhat different approach to my sermon writing for Lent, and likely beyond. During my sermon on...

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Thoughts for Christmas II

“Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.” –Jeremiah 31:13 Yesterday, I had a conversation with Peggy Jackson around Christmas Trees. She...

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How can we be the kind of congregation that welcomes Young Families for more than their energy and wallets?

Through my various facebook and twitter feeds, I get lots of articles talking about church, church growth, and our purpose and mission. Today, this one rolled across my feed, and several colleagues of mine have shared it, so I’m doing the same. Here’s the link: When Churches Want a Pastor...

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