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4 Keys to a Vital Congregation

People seem to dig the list when it comes to blogs and ministers and lay folks alike seem concerned about the decline of the church and wary of the future. More important all of us are trying to figure out how not only to lead the church but also how to be the church. Many people have pointed out that these days feel a lot more like the church of the Book of Acts than…

We Labor Not in Vain

In my currently preferred sport, running, one of the really nice things is the culture of acceptance. If you go to a running event the absolute elites can be there, and you and I can be there too. A recent running magazine issue was dedicated entirely to what it takes to finish last…but to finish. To be in the running community is to receive grace and acceptance,…

Walking Through the Motto in Lent

It’s Ash Wednesday and the internet is a flutter with what people are giving up (cheese, chocolate, booze, saying no, television, Facebook), and what people are picking up (saying yes more, saying I love you more, praying, meditating, running, scripture reading, small groups). What the Pope says we should do (love others better), and various other takes. Common among them…

A Funny Looking Church

I’m gonna come out and say it: I love camping and I think church camps are especially good experiences. Church camp is fun and always a formative experience for the kids involved. The endless night of games and running around, the feeling of being part of a pack of kids, the excitement of discovering a playground in the woods, building you own super sketchy rope swing as…

Malcolm Gladwell. David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath seeks to look with fresh eyes at how we consider advantages and disadvantages both for individuals and for groups. He considers everything from the battle between, well, David and Goliath, but also battles between Germans and Brits, Americans and Vietnamese, disabled people and their disabilities, children and the tragedies they…

It’s Simple Really

This past week I stumbled upon a blog post about living more simply. It stated that the average North American house has something like 300 000 objects in it and that there is a movement of people trying to get their number down to under 1000. They suggest the things we own in reality own us; and they propose a bunch of ways to lower our number. One way, if you are…

People of the Resurrection

I suspect every preacher I know, and many many Christians I know, will be able to add the tune to the words from the old hymn that goes, “My hope is built on nothing less; than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” Having spent a week attending two conferences and a variety of workshops I can’t help but wonder how good any of us are at actually living this out. It’s a lot like…

The Gospel Distribution Network

In the current Presbyterian Record there is an engaging article by John Longhurst asking important questions about the long-term vision of the Record and its role in our church. I don’t want to comment much on the article so much as say that it makes me feel very uncreative. For a pastor who blogs most weeks, preaches weekly, prays publicly with many people, leads…

Thoughts of a Paper Shredding Pastor

Every now and then I look for some paperwork or other and realize how cluttered my files are. I then get the urge to purge, purge, purge and this leaves me cutting endless mounds of paper while I watch television. Now that I am starting to grow up and have what many people would consider a real job I have access to grown up luxuries, like a paper shredder at work. This is…

I’m Sorry About Mars Hill

Like many people involved in the church I have found myself watching the happenings over at Mars Hill Church the same way I slow down and gawk at a car accident, not because I really want to, and not because I think I will learn about how to drive better, but because I cannot help myself. I know many people disparage the work of Mark Driscoll and other mega-church…

When All Else Fails

In my office the last week or so there have been a small parade of people bringing tidings of woe. They come in, sit down, and then struggle not knowing where to start their story. Then they find somewhere and off they go, the words either tumbling out of their mouths because they have so longed to tell someone what’s going on, or for some the words come more slowly,…