Beyond

Recently, I was asked to help build engagement around an existing Facebook page. If you don’t know, one of the first stats to look at when it comes to evaluating a Facebook page is the number of page LIKEs.  The page I was asked to contribute to had approximately 345–a very modest number.  My first goal was to reach 400 by the end of the weekend. It didn’t happen.  In fact, the page barely got to…..

Watching

It can be one of those difficult things about our faith in God. A psalmist declares, “Oh Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” Psalm 5:3 Did you catch it?  Most of us understand the need to pray, and that we should pray to God.  A lot of us even do it in the morning to get it over with (snark).  But it’s…..

No recording

We don’t always get knocks on the door during church finance meetings, but when we do I’m quick to answer.  I figure I’ll leave all the finance fun to everyone else. Last night was one of those nights.  I answered the knock and the woman at the door said she lived behind our church.  Last night someone brazenly walked up to their back porch and stole their generator.  She and her husband, who stood at the foot…..

Am I doing my job?

I try not to oversimplify complicated situations.  It’s typically a disingenuous and lazy thing to do. So, to clarify, this post is a bit of an oversimplification of my perspective on church ministry.  But it happens to work for me this time.  Forgive my inconsistency.   Understand that tweet , and you understand part of what makes this pastor (me) tick.  You could easily push back on the simplicity of his tweet–pleasing an entire congregation can…..

I want to write a devotional

When I first began to take my faith seriously, I used The UpperRoom a lot.  I would read the day’s devotional, and I had older copies that I would read through constantly.  The devotional helped me think about everyday life as being holy, and to look out for the sacred around me. After a while, I had a goal–not quite a dream or an aspiration or a longing. The goal was to write an UpperRoom…..