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Explaining #christmas #mystery #joy and Madeline L’engle

“Don’t try to explain the Incarnation to me! It is further from being explainable than the furthest star in the furthest galaxy. It is love, God’s limitless love enfleshing that love into the form of a human being, Jesus, the Christ, fully human and fully divine. Was there a moment, known only to God, when … Continue reading

Young Families in Church…continued…..

A lot of young people don’t go to church (I know your shocked, your really, really shocked). Here is my vast knowledge about church 1. Its a good community…its a good way to have intergenerational interaction, its a good way to ask hard questions (at the good churches anyway) 2. Church Shopping is tough: churches … Continue reading

Fools

“Christianity is, by its core nature, more akin to folly than it is to the Pope’s massive corporation. The central dictate of Christian doctrine is humility, in imitation of Christ’s ultimate self-humbling. Christians are mocked, persecuted and small: the powerful so-called Christian empires are the real perversion of the Gospel, not the Holy Fool.” p. … Continue reading

Prayer of Confe…

Prayer of Confession: God, we confess that we forget to pray prayers of thanksgiving. Too often we let the worries and complaints overwhelm us. Forgive us, God. Set us free from the sin that tries to hamper our steps. Help us to pray instead of worry, to praise instead of grumble. Put in our mouths … Continue reading

I like to look …

I like to look for any excuse to include alleluia in service 🙂 Alleluia, Praise God, Joy, LOL Pastor

What’s Good about Church

I know the church is theoretically dying, that its full of old people, judgmental and is out of date….but here is what I like about church 1. The Music<–need I say more, no where else am I permitted to belt out the hymns I know, sort of know and fake knowing with no commentary on … Continue reading

Sermons are Art

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

Water into wine

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

Pastor with a Sense of Humor

It seems to me every church wants a pastor with a sense of humor….What does that mean? Do they want someone who is able laugh at themselves? Someone who can tell good jokes? Is it about entertainment? Good-naturedness? What is it about the sense of humor that makes it a prerequisite for being a minister … Continue reading

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