Remember What I Forgot

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…..

How does that work?

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…..

I have a six pack for you

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…..

Angry Eastwood: That Song

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…..