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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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Life Together

I hear more stuff that makes me wonder sometimes – “Are we running a business, or some organization…. or are we a church?

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Serving a Church with Mental Illness in Mind

“In a typical congregation of 200 adults, 50 will experience depression at some point, and at least 30 are currently taking antidepressants.” (Dan Blazer, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, in Christianity Today, March 2009). What could that mean for your church's preaching, programming, pastoral care, and congregational care?

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Do We Have to Vacate?

As summer approaches, I've been reflecting on a subtle language shift around summer plans. Can we recover a glimpse of creational goodness by altering our language from summer vacations toward summer "holy-days"?

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Supply Management

A while back I was at a classis leadership event and noticed that most of the presenters were not “home grown”. It got me wondering whether something ought to be done about it.

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25 Years Later: Remembering and Believing

February marks the 25th anniversary of when I started to follow Christ. Though I was raised in a Christian home and my parents afforded me the opportunity to attend Christian schools, I had deliberately walked away from God.

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The Daunting Task of Preaching

One of my pastoral priorities for this quarter is preaching. Accordingly, I’m reading Cornelius Plantinga Jr.’s, Reading for Preaching (Eerdmans, 2013). I appreciate the guidance that Rev. Plantinga gives in his book. 

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On Funerals, Comfort and the Gospel

Funerals, like weddings, are family matters. So says, the church order. But it is never so simple. Families are part of communities. We come together, usually in church, to remember a person and comfort each other in the light of the good news of Christ... 

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“Outreach” Must Have Two E's!

We hear a great deal about our Biblical mandate to get the gospel out to the lost. What we see from the earliest days of the New Testament phase of the church is that their outreach was twofold: (1) evangelism and witness, (2) encouragement and comfort.

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Mom and Pop vs. Big Box Church

Many church members see the church as a service organization — one that should be “serving” them. But is that really what the church is to be? I would say no.

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Sermon-Centricity on Sunday

Little attention has been given to the role of the sermon. Yet, according to a recent survey, the sermon is the focal point of the Sunday service. Here’s the backstory to that research.

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Picking Up a Calendar

I spent a couple of days in Phoenix visiting Mom. This past year we agreed that she shouldn’t drive anymore. She had been getting lost and confused and had difficulty seeing. It was traumatic for her, but she handed us the keys...

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