We Owe Single People an Apology
Mar10

We Owe Single People an Apology

We owe single people an apology…and a change. We’ve meant well, but we’ve been wrong. Single people are a treasure to the church and deserve equal status with those of us who are married and/or with children. Not all, but many churches pass them over for leadership opportunities, staff hires, or key roles of service in the Kingdom. Tie goes to the married person. We preachers too often leave them out of our...

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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 so 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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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 107
Jan31

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 107

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday morning: Mom is home from the hospital. She got home just in time to celebrate her birthday. So far, she’s recovering nicely and barring any setback, she’ll be ready to return to her normal awesomeness soon. It was great spending some time with just me, my sister, mom and dad, on her birthday. Mom said it’s a huge blessing to her that Tammy (my sister) and I are...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 106
Jan24

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 106

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday: It’s been quite a week. Mom had open heart surgery yesterday to undergo a valve replacement and bypass. She came through like a champ, no doubt on the answered prayers of many. To those of you who did–thank you so much. Thanks for being patient with me this week as I took it slow from a blogging standpoint, of necessity. I’ve always tried to ride the fence of trying to provide consistent,...

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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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