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Pandemics, Politics, Zealots and Tax Collectors

Posted: 3/15/2021

“We must not stop meeting together! That’s living in fear,” cries one Christian, citing a verse from Hebrews as they flaunt government guidelines and public health recommendations.

“How could you meet together? That’s not loving your neighbor,” insists another, citing a verse from Matthew as they challeng...

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Five more minutes: 1 Kings 19

Posted: 2/22/2021

I once learned of a pastor who published a “Five More Minutes” podcast - where he’d write up and share the few tidbits that didn’t quite make it into his sermon and died on the cutting room floor. I envied the idea, as despite being on the longer side - my sermons stubbornly remain around 30 minutes, despite my target of 25...

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Behind the Curtain: Why have committees changed?

Posted: 2/10/2021

Church Family,




Those who watched the service last week noticed I made a pretty embarrassing blunder. I stopped halfway through Communion, said, “What is this? This is not how you do Communion at all,” stopped for ten seconds and started again. It looked (and felt) ridiculous! But here’s what happened: when I&r...

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For Those Weary of Pandemic

Posted: 12/9/2020

The warning sign came two weeks ago. A hint of frustration, exasperation, tiredness, something crept into the other person’s voice - and I made the immediate jump.




They must be disappointed with me. 




Everyone has their own pandemic curse. Maybe you’re a healthcare worker rotating in to cove...

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Silver Linings and Life Lessons from a terrible hike

Posted: 11/16/2020

I hiked sixteen cold, muddy miles into a cloud to see absolutely nothing. 

I woke up at 5 AM, drove over an hour, couldn’t stop for longer than ten or fifteen minutes due to the cold, slipped and fell into a mud puddle, and when I finally reached the summit, I was completely socked in by a cloud. Why in the world would I do such ...

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A Time for Nuance, a Time for Grace

Posted: 11/3/2020

The other morning, I was reading Ecclesiastes 3.




“For there is a time for everything...a time to be born, a time to die...a time to plant, a time to uproot…” 




Usually this passage is read to be a comfort at funerals, because it affirms that there is a time for everything - includi...

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What do you do when your PowerPoint turns to Spanish?

Posted: 9/21/2020

Pandemic church, week 26. 




It was the usual chaos of a Sunday morning. Our church is simultaneously attempting a brand-new outdoor service (audio of the indoor service blasted outside), a brand-new live streaming service with brand-new equipment, and an indoor service with brand-new social distancing regulations. We’...

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Man, I miss...

Posted: 8/26/2020

“Man, I miss the world,” I said to my wife as we walked down to the water.  It was a very strange sentence, one that wouldn’t have made much sense to anyone before mid-March, 2020.

 

Back in March, I remember writing a blog sharing my own thoughts about the coronavirus pandemic. “Okay, I’ll ch...

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Five Lessons I learned in my first year as a pastor

Posted: 8/13/2020

Before I embark on as pompous a task as the title suggests – I must provide the disclaimer that the lessons I’ve learned may or may not be as valuable to others as they are to me. I’ve found things I’ve read from other pastors to sometimes be incredibly helpful, and sometimes incredibly unhelpful – and neither my exper...

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Being a Christian - Mission Impossible?

Posted: 3/30/2020

                Four books currently sit on my reading table in my living room, and I’m partway through all of them.

                One book is called, “Make or Break Your Church ...

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