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Please Stop It with the Older Brother

I’m a huge fan of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Lately I've seen a trend where sermons focus on the older brother instead of on the grace and forgiveness shown to the younger brother. 

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Seeking the Holy

To be holy is to be separate, different, not mundane, unique, and distinct. God is all of these. Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to move in you to live the holy God has called you to?

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The Front Door Field

People get missions and evangelism mixed up. To many Christians, missions is going to another country and evangelism is knocking on doors, stopping people in the streets. Evangelism is missions. And the mission field is at our front door.

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Pressure?

I don’t want to pressure him, yet at the same time I want to guide him and lead him in his faith formation. I want to help him learn to be a disciple of Jesus. It’s a fine balance for sure. I’m doing my best to walk the balance, not pushing too hard...

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Table for One

I stood there all by my lonesome. I stood there for a little bit too. Being about 6 foot 5 and that night wearing a very bright Hawaiian shirt and blue jeans, I couldn’t be missed. But I seemed to have been forgotten...

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Work: Interrupted

When sermonating or reading at my office, I get interrupted. So, yesterday I did something different. I went to the library to get some work done. I got more done in two hours than I had in the week. But it felt weird. I hadn’t been interrupted...

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Coffee, Rest, and Work

Mondays are the days in which I rest, relax, enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and pretty much try as hard as I can to do nothing. Unless absolutely important, I try to do no church work on a Monday.

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Bravo! Bravo!

Unbeknownst to me, I was doing what I now know is called faith formation. I was walking along side of them. I was helping them to grow and understand themselves, the world around them, their faith...

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Missional Tithing

Many times people begin talking about tithing by going to Malachi 3:10 where God tells his people to bring in the whole tithe, and he will bless them. But remember, the purpose of tithing is not to be blessed but to bless. 

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Ministry and Mental Health

I'm a pastor who has ADHD, and I know the effects it has on day-to-day life. So how do we minister to those who deal with mental and/or behavioral health issues?

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Mentoring and Coffee

There is a need to mentor those who are up and coming in leadership. Those who are still in the church and wanting to know their place in the world and in God’s world. We want to know why young adults and post-high are leaving the church. Why aren’t we mentoring them? Why aren’t we taking time to teach them what it means to be men and women of God?...

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Dealing with Death and Dying

In two years I’ve done 24 funerals. Three of which have been for someone under the age of 70. One was for a baby. Each time, no one knew how to deal with death and dying. They kept going back to praying for the miracle. Praying against hope that things will not end in the inevitable. As pastors, ours is the calling to...

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The Geek in the Pew

There has been a rise in Geekdom as of late from The Big Bang Theory on CBS to the recently crowned Miss America coming out and saying she’s a huge history geek and loves Star Wars. For the longest time, many of us kept our geekiness a secret lest we be found out. We are doctors, scientists, music teachers, housewives, farmers, dentists, nurses, and even (gasp) pastors...

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