When it comes to being a pastor of a church, I’m used to being the odd man out. That is, for whatever reasons, I tend to be the one that people remember because he was that different. You might think that works to my advantage. Not usually. As a result, I’ve learned if you don’t fit people’s expectations, they will not listen to you. That’s okay. They were only going to listen to their expectations…..
I wholeheartedly disagree with the concept of completely removing children from “regular” worship. It’s a stupid, modern idea that perpetuates what’s wrong with our sense of worship. What’s wrong with our sense of worship? By and large, we speak of worship in terms of what it means to us. Going to church makes me feel good. It reenergizes me, gets me ready for the week. That’s why we argue about worship styles and formats. We’ve…..
It’s been annoyingly repeated too much: there is no such thing as a dumb question. I stopped believing that lie years ago! Within everything we do, there is an important task of asking questions. There is also an art of learning to ask the right questions, or the right kinds of questions. Forbes, in a recent article, offered an example of a great question. Think about looking for your next perfect job. That’s the context…..
This weekend we had our youth group over at our house. We did all the things we would normally do at youth group. Silly game. Snacks. Coffee, too. Prayer and Bible study. Right before our Bible study and prayer, I put a gift bag on the table where we were all gathered. It was a red, shiny Christmas bag Santa brought Nathan last year. I told the group that everyone was responsible for giving everyone…..
Once upon a time… A preacher greeted the congregation as they exited the sanctuary. It had been a blessing of a time, a gathering that included the faithful praying for God’s will, hearing God’s love proclaimed enthusiastically and the receiving of Holy Communion. People smiled, hugged and even offered a holy kiss or two as the time for their gathered worship concluded. One saint offered a blessing as he was leaving, just like most people…..