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I will be your #God, You will be #my People–this is my promise to you

Sermon Snippet: The Presbyterians of the United States have been almost embarassingly blessed in the past, so to feel anything but hope now would be…foolish (Tom Are) So the promise that we need to know, the one that we have trouble with, but the promise that God continues to make through Abraham, Moses and in … Continue reading

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

Handy Dandy Tips for Navigating #PCUSA call process for PNC from a pastor

Dear PNC,      1. You are awesome, seriously this is a lot of work, much group prayer and more! Here are some things I’ve learned from “my” perspective as a candidate that might help you know the process a. this is not a corporate job–its more like dating, the interest needs to be mutual. Although … Continue reading

The burning que…

The burning question I have for General Assembly….wouldn’t it be cool to have the Order of Worship online? (or am I missing it), I think it would be so cool to pray what they are praying while I’m many miles away…and maybe even bring those prayers to my congregation as I try to educate them … Continue reading

Empty Church

GA is coming, that’s Presbyterian Speak for our large governmental gathering “General Assembly” where we discuss worrying things like Our Investments (or not) in Israel, How important gay issues really are (or aren’t), and……the fact that there are no young people in the church. Debate will ensue about most of these issues, except the last … 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

Is the Holy Spirit Spiral Shaped?

Holy Spirit, breathe into us your light, your life, stir up hope in us. We confess that we go in circles, trying to find our own way to God, help us to ask for directions, move us on the path towards you Lord, God. Lead us into a spiral, instead of in circles! we pray … Continue reading

Things people have trouble understanding about ministry

Things people have trouble understanding about ministry As he said, these don’t all apply to everyone, but my favorite today is “9. Ministry is a hard job. Sometimes it’s said as a joke, sometimes it’s said in anger, that ministers don’t work very hard. That it’s a cushy gig. If that were true I doubt I’d … Continue reading

When do you Experience God repost

Reblogged from http://www.patheos.com/blogs/peterenns/2013/07/where-do-you-experience-god-well-answer-me/ (Studies say that what conservative churches have over mainline is that we are not good about directly testifying about who God is in our lives) Where do you experience God? Well, answer me. July 28, 2013 By Peter Enns Leave a Comment I actually did this. All by myself. Quartered and stacked. Three rows deep. I … Continue reading

An absolutely r…

An absolutely real conversation had *last week* between a pastor & a congregation…. Pastor: and why did you think about making this big change? Congregation: well…we wanted young families Pastor: Why do you want young families? Congregation: Because we need them…..we won’t survive without them Pastor: Ok, that is a really practical reason, but what … Continue reading

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