Friday Stream of Consciousness – 109
Feb21

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 109

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: Thin Mints are the only real Girl Scout cookies. The softball season starts Saturday. I’m head coaching Olivia’s team (10U) and assistant coaching Anna’s team (12U). It is┬áso much fun. Now, it’s time for championships I miss playing baseball. So, I’m think for my 40th birthday present to myself (not up for a couple of years…but still), I might...

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How to Open Your Church to the Community
Feb05

How to Open Your Church to the Community

Opening your church to the community sounds great on the lips, but can be the source of great conflict and frustration if your church isn’t ready to do so. Here are some things to consider if you would like to maximize the use of your facility for the community: 1. Honestly Assess Your Church Leadership’s Pain Tolerance. If criticism really rattles leadership, or if leadership doesn’t enthusiastically embrace opening...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 105
Jan17

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 105

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday morning: My mom, a typically healthy and active woman passed out while on a walking trail, hitting her head pretty seriously. As it turns out, she has a bad heart valve and will need surgery within the next few days. Prayers extremely appreciated. Isn’t it amazing how your parents freeze in time in your mind until you are in your thirties or so? So far, the single best thing...

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Why I Tithe – Part 1
Jan15

Why I Tithe – Part 1

Tithing is a beautiful thing. I’m a tither and always have been, other than a brief time from graduate school through the first year or two of ministry. The reason for that period was I didn’t realize that as my income had increased from “grad student extraordinaire (tongue in cheek) to full-time minister I didn’t adjust my weekly giving amount. I still gave regularly–just not to the level of the tithe....

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Consistent is Better than Extraordinary
Jan13

Consistent is Better than Extraordinary

If I asked you to tell me about your 2013, you’d likely tell me about the highlights–vacations you took, job changes, big things in the life of your kids, and other things that stand out in your mind. But, that’s not what made the biggest difference in your life in 2013. Here’s what actually made the biggest difference: You ate. You slept. You drank water. That’s why you’re alive. That’s what...

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Stay Away from the Ministry Casino
Dec04

Stay Away from the Ministry Casino

Risk is usually called, “stepping out on faith,” in church. That’s a shame, because they aren’t the same thing. There is such a thing as stepping out on faith. It’s just not the same as taking faith-based risks that make common sense. For instance, “stepping out on faith” might mean a church aspires to a particular goal or vision God has for them that will require stretching and perhaps some...

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