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IN: Church & Web
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January 5, 2015 0 0 comments
There’s a lot about New Year’s to love. I value the opportunity to both recollect the past year, doing an inventory of sorts, and to anticipate the new year.
January 5, 2015 3 0 comments
“It was the most fun Classis I’ve ever attended.” An unusual word to describe a gathering of delegates, pastors, elders, and deacons. What ‘fun’ things happened in those hours from 4:00-9:00 p.m.?
January 5, 2015 1 3 comments
What language and labels are we using in our churches? By our words, do we extend grace and mercy to all people? Or do we label them by what they have done?
January 3, 2015 1 5 comments
Resource, Story or Testimony
The poem below, written in the last couple of days, comes rooted in reality, and is a means to help me continue to pray into the pain of persecuted Christians and Muslims in the Middle East.
January 3, 2015 1 0 comments
2014 has come to an end. Though the days were busy, thoughts multiplied. And so we think...we ponder. Who are we? How shall we live?
January 2, 2015 1 0 comments
My eyes have always been drawn to the seemingly insignificant details of life. Detail such as the elderly lady — a patient at the hospital where we were singing on Christmas Day — who was ‘parked’ in the hallway. To me, she was why Jesus came to the earth.
December 30, 2014 1 0 comments
Resource, Policy or Guidelines
If your congregation is still wrestling with the question of whether or not to require background checks, here are a few guidelines to help you through the evaluation process.
December 29, 2014 3 1 comments
They wouldn’t want anyone treating one of their kids like a forgettable piece of furniture!
December 27, 2014 1 2 comments
What makes the classis structure so valuable? Here's a few of the things I've come to notice and like about classis.
December 25, 2014 1 0 comments
Sometimes I wish I had an in with God in such a way that I could read how He feels about me.
December 23, 2014 1 1 comments
Resource, Audio or Podcast
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December 22, 2014 0 0 comments
IN: Safe Church
Wherever we find ourselves right now, we must keep the long view in mind.
December 19, 2014 3 2 comments
IN: Social Justice
Do Justice, the joint blog of the Centre for Public Dialogue and the Office of Social Justice, has been around for a year and a half! You can see the most popular articles of the year here.
December 19, 2014 0 0 comments
Many of our congregation members these days must deal with health issues. Your church too may be struggling with ailments of various kinds. How might our being in Advent speak to all this?
December 18, 2014 2 0 comments
IN: Global Mission
Subscribe to the OSJ's Advent daily devotional to refocus on celebrating God's redemptive work and anticipating his second coming this season.
December 18, 2014 0 0 comments
I was in China during the holiday season, and I saw a marquee that said in English, “Lucky Christmas!” How about us? Do we believe in the coming of Christ because of what God can do for us – bring joy, peace, happiness, love?
December 17, 2014 1 0 comments
IN: Youth Ministry
When churches are feeling overwhelmed and under-resourced it might be time to return to the ABCD’s: Asset Based Church Development.
December 16, 2014 0 0 comments
What keeps me from sitting down in other people’s circles? What stops me from listening to the voices of people different from myself?
December 16, 2014 1 1 comments