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Where does the comma belong?

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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

Who is useless?

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I feel as if God is trying to get my attention. For whatever reason(s), it took me forever to read Leanord Sweet’s book, Viral: How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival.  No, it wasn’t a difficult read at all. If you’re interested in the implications of social media or think it’s a total waste of humanity, you should read the book and be enlighted. He talks about both kinds of people, Gutenbergers & Googlers. Frankly, after I read any of Sweet’s books I feel as if I have a…read more

Remember What I Forgot

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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?

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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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I have a six pack for you

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Last year I made it a point to plan out my sermons for the entire year. It was difficult, but extremely beneficial. So much so that since around November I’ve anticipated getting to January so I can do it again. Call it good organization, being prepared or just hermeneutical nerdiness. It works for me now. If a sermon doesn’t connect to the spiritual life of the people who hear it, then what good is it at all? That’s a rhetorical question. The next six or not. Since I want my…read more