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“New Wave” Ministries

Everyone has a preconceived idea of what it means to do a “Ministry”. This idea is formed by our experience with the church and with our culture. It’s dependent upon the ideas of those who were formative in our experiences of faith and of life. This preconception is mostly fixed in our minds and that’s too bad. Continue reading

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5-25-16 “Pastor’s Blast” -Don’t Hate

This Sunday we continue our series on the First Letter of the Apostle John entitled, “Making Life Enjoyable”. We’ll discover the Second Key to enjoying life in the second chapter: something we all know even if we don’t always practice it. It’s an old concept but John helps us to understand that Jesus put a new spin on it—new even today!
So read 1 John 2:7-17 to prepare yourself for a frank discussion about the effects of Hate on not only our faith but our life as well. We’ll also look at Ephesians 6:10-18 and see what tools we might use to defend against those forces that encourage us to be haters. Continue reading

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7 Indications You’ve Stopped Leading

[Editor’s note: One of my beefs against my profession is that too many pastors have left the Apostolic role of Proclaiming the Gospel and slouched into the role of chaplain (one who cares for and comforts the bereaved or infirmed).  … Continue reading

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When the Pillar of the Community has a Crack

  Editor’s note: I got a nasty note from a parishioner yesterday.  Not my first, won’t be the last.  After over 30 years of ministry I’m circumspect about these nasty things.  I understand that most of these come from personal … Continue reading

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What if you NEVER punted?

As one who has spent over 20 years of my life coaching Basketball and Soccer, I understand about playing by the rules and about taking risks.  I know that you play a certain kind of defense in certain situations; that … Continue reading

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