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Got no respect?

Posted by in church, Faith

Through no fault of their own, other than being nice and actually reading, some people thought the post I wrote last week was a rant about being a young pastor.  Oh, I could rant, but, perhaps, I went on a tad too much about the age thing and unintentionally led them that way.  But it was in the context of a conversation about my young age that got me thinking about the real topic of that post.  The post was about seeking respect. Or maybe it was about priorities. It’s worth bringing up…read more

Those ugly cards that work

Posted by in church

Every Sunday our church welcomes every person in worship. We recognize and thank God for those people who have been around the church forever, F-O-R-E-V-E-R!  They have served on every committee, have prayed for the church and most likely have bought their more-than-fair share of bake sale items.  And they keep coming to worship.  So, we thank God for them. There are also people who are new.  If you haven’t learned, churches tend to walk slowly.  So, “new” might been they’ve around a few months or a few years.  Still, they’re…read more

Where does the comma belong?

Posted by in church, Faith

For the last couple of weeks, our church has hosted this year’s Lenten soup dinner and worship. There have been 60+ people that have attended each week, mostly Lutherans and Methodists—there has to be a joke in there somewhere.  We’re hoping this is a time where our community churches can come together. Last night, for dinner, the love of my life made look like a renowned chef. Everyone loved the chicken soup I made that she told me how to make (Thanks, Boo!). She didn’t, however, help me with worship….read more

Remember What I Forgot

Posted by in church, Faith

It’s funny. I read about churches having to cancel their Ash Wednesday services this year due to bad weather conditions. Of course, that was a hard decision for many pastors and churches to have to make. Then again I read about others whose only wish was to be able to cancel their Ash Wednesday plans. Some people think it’s one of those “Catholic things” we need to get rid of. Or they may just feel like this : I look forward to Ash Wednesday, and I try to make sure it’s…read more

How does that work?

Posted by in church

This Sunday I shared two goals that I have for my congregation. Besides our usual learning to pray, equipping leaders and other things like that, there are two things I want to emphasize this year. One of them is the difference between being a giving church and being a tithing church. The other is knowing the difference between being a welcoming church and an inviting church. My first move toward acheiving the latter goal is to present you this: Stay blessed…john

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Angry Eastwood: That Song

Posted by in church, Meme

I know there are a few songs/hymns that you don’t like to sing in church.  Trust me; there are some that get under my skin, too.  They can’t all be gems. This Angry Eastwood meme was posted on the United Methodist Memes Facebook page, and a few of you might faint when you see some of the titles that made it to this list as songs/hymns you love to hate: Many Gifts, One Spirit Here I Am, Lord O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing He Walks…read more