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Writing, Writing, Writing

Preparing a sermon can be like writing a ten-page term paper once a week and then having to present it to people. Not just that, but it has to make sense, be applicable, and capitalize on different learning styles. 

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Pastor as Friend?

In a friendship, there should be an equal power dynamic. But for pastors, that’s usually not the case. People sink a lot of emotional investment in their pastor, and sometimes that creates gray areas.

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Perfect Attendance

When someone doesn’t show up in worship for a month, we know we shouldn’t take it personally. But we do. When we’re healthy, we realize it isn’t about us. But who is healthy all the time? 

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Seven Marks of a True Christian Couple

What are the marks of a true Christian couple — let us say that they are married or about to be married? Because Jesus said, "Not everyone who says, Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 7:21).

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Holy Discontent

We've just come through the Lenten journey – days in the wilderness, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and finally Easter – we may think we have “arrived,” but we have not.

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Must Seminaries Change?

Talk to anyone from the world of seminary admissions/recruitment today and you will hear the same story: enrollment numbers for seminaries are down across the board.

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The Pastor's Perspective

As the interim pastor who doesn’t have “a pony in this race,” I have found it most interesting to be here and, in a minimal way, a part of the process. 

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Some Principles for Ministering to Brokenness

The purpose of this brief document is to catalyze thinking about  'shalom' with its ideas of wholeness, peace, wellness and restoration in the church as much as can be experienced this side of heaven.

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Pastor's Shop

A plan for a possible renovation to our church building includes a room labeled “Pastor’s Shop.”  It is not a misprint. The designer is well aware of what happens in such a space, and chose the word for a reason.

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Resolution and Grace

Resolutions take sustained effort and focus. Many people I know no longer make resolutions because they recognize that they will most likely fail– so why even start?

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