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Good NEWS and extroverting

Nextchurch2015 We are listening to the immeasurable Diana Butler Bass who is greatly illustrating her theories on church and culture, when the news breaks on twitter a little before 7:30 (she started at 7). Its a amazing, its wonderful. I text the news to my parents. I can’t believe it. Twitter is going crazy. The … Continue reading

#Presby #PCUSA #Media & #Marketing #notmyOGHS

Hmmm….. The #notmyOGHS movement on twitter points to 2 deeper issues. The first of which is the utilization of stereotypes to market (even if meant ironically). The deep and complex issues of this campaign is summarized well here https://storify.com/breyeschow/concerns-raised-over-2015-oghs-campaign These are amazing issues, that are too complex to address in one blog post, please read … Continue reading

I #believe in #miracles, and other weird #Christian things…

http://bible.oremus.org/?passage=Matthew+3:1-12&vnum=yes&version=nrsv Ps. 2:7-8 7I will tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have begotten you. 8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.” Brownson says that Baptism is not Salvation, but the promise of … Continue reading

Bigger on the Inside: The #Tardis #Church

My church works hard to be community oriented and to be out in the neighborhood. 1 that runs a Neighborhood Farmer’s Market in our parking lot from May-Oct, completely thru volunteers 1 that arranges for free exercise classes (with babysitting) during the farmer’s market A Market that book-ended by 2 Chicken BBQ fundraisers (the company … Continue reading

Kids & Church

I grew up in the church…as a pastor’s daughter….I go to church now as a pastor, but my siblings don’t ..but they might someday, who knows? I don’t think it was about whether they were in or out of church service, I think its about their beliefs and the problem of they aren’t sure how … Continue reading

What is #Church anyway?

Matthew 18:15-20 Romans 13:8-14 What is church? I asked the kids…They said “Where people come together to talk about God” “a place to pray” “where there are nummy snacks””yeah like communion” ….I feel like that’s it in a nutshell! Church is a gathering…     think about that, it is people coming together in Christ’s name, … Continue reading

Small Church, New Church, Old Church, Blue Church: Credo Reflections

“Trust the Process” Credo is a great program started by Episcopalians and picked up by the Presbyterians to help with clergy health and welfare (emotional, spiritual, physical, mental, financial). Its a process to work, worship and create so that a rule of life can be developed. This year the Presbyterians are running the first ever … Continue reading

Anectdotal Woman (or) 24 churches and a feminist

There are lots of stories about women in the Bible. Not all of them have names, but its nice to experience the parable. So I’m going to tell a parable about an unnamed woman. And then I’m going to tell a lot of anecdotes that are by no means scientific but start to bear out … Continue reading

#easter #smallchurch #emptytomb #emptychurch #nextchurch

And then all the Christians looked at the church, the pitifully empty pews, and asked each other. Where have all the people gone? But the real question they were asking was where is Jesus? Akin to finding the empty tomb, we can see the emptiness, the absence……and we say to one another “‘They have taken … Continue reading

Lonely Ministry, Lonely Church #nextchurch

Lonely Ministry & Lonely Church What to do, not only do pastors feel lonely, but the churches themselves do, in under 7min….My presentation with recorded sound is above http://nextchurch.net/ignite-videos-part-2/#.VBOLO0i3VDE  Hit the Fullscreen to start the play and then click along using your spacebar (you can hear me clicking) Sidenote: I should have said “my” farmers don’t … Continue reading

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