Recently there was an article concerning the …..lets say staidness of overly churched culture…. How do you get a church to event plan beyond the church culture? Here are some guidelines to consider Rule number One: Don’t do anything for free….it creates a debt mentality that is unhealthy for the congregation and the attendee Church: … Continue reading
To me Church is like a Wedding, a Memorial and a Grand Opening, it’s like a party, like a neighbor welcoming you in for cookies (fresh baked) and like a playground for children. It should feel like a space that can be sacred and quiet and joyful noise-y. Church should feel like there is … Continue reading
“This is a general service Announcements reminding everybody that the best treatment for dementors is CHOCOLATE…in light of the sad events in Boston, in my professional and pastoral opinion I recommend CHOCOLATE for everybody” (Should you be someone who is unable to do chocolate, Cookies may be substituted). Chocolate may not fix our sadness, but … Continue reading
Sermons are art, sometimes they rock, and sometimes they don’t. Its less of a quotient of how many hours you put in, and tends to be where you are emotionally, are you feeling creative, is your imagination engaged, can you connect to your audience, is it relevant and yet provoking. I’ve always said, I wish … Continue reading
Why do I go to church? You know, most people my age don’t go to church Most of them don’t even believe in religion They may believe in God, but if they do it tends not to be the “standard” version of God These people are usually identified as “nones‘ (which is kind of a … Continue reading
Sören Kierkegaard, 19th century “Christ turned water into wine, but the church has succeeded in doing something even more difficult: it has turned wine into water.” Only the church can do that! Take Jesus’s Wine and turn it back into water–how do we do this, by constricting God Item 1: Grace Do you know what … Continue reading
Alright, after reading a disturbing post about the Board of Pensions (disturbing because not 6months ago the board of pensions came to Albany, NY and personally guaranteed us our pensions were fine) I am beginning to understand the rising healthcare cost for pastors with children (from %35 to %65). Seeing as I have three Preschoolers–this … Continue reading
“We will never grow up” Sometimes I think that this is the theme song for my generation. Playing the day away–putting off being settled, trying to find a foothold on which to grasp. Here we are living at home, putting off marriage and renting. . “Today, some 29 percent of 25- to 34-year olds either … Continue reading
II think Associate Pastors are totally stupid for the following reasons 1. Didn’t Protestants break away from Catholicism to avoid a hierarchical governance of the church, yet here we are reinstituting it. 2. Most associates are women and most head pastors are men 3. Associate Pastors have to work for too many bosses. Regular … Continue reading
Someday, when I am rich and famous Or when my children are grown Or when I plain old have the time, I’m going to write a great thesis about the evolution of Fantasy from mythology to Fairy Tale to Fantasy to Modern Day. (for a little on this read my post about Beauty and the … Continue reading
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