Monthly Archives: September 2004

Belief-O-Matic

I just took a “Belief-O-Matic” online test telling me what religion most closely fits my beliefs. I heard about it from a friend, and have to admit curiosity got the better of me, so I tried it. I’m not going … Continue reading

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So, Who Owns the Sanctuary?

Some are inclines to interpret the doctrinal warfare of the past egeneration as a mere expression of a lust for control. When we see property fights like this emerge, we have to admit that on at least some levels comtrol … Continue reading

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Domesticate This!

I went to Baylor’s home opener last Saturday, at which Baylor held on to claim their first victory of the year, defeating Texas State 24-17. That’s all the football I intend to write about here. I want to tell you … Continue reading

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New Methodist bishop envisions church growth – PittsburghLIVE.com

New Methodist bishop envisions church growth – PittsburghLIVE.com It sounds like Bishop Bickerton has a good record of growing churches. Should be good for Western Pennsylvania. One thing he says makes me wonder: “Generally speaking, the United Methodist Church is … Continue reading

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Growing a Church or Impacting a Community?

Dan reiland always has something wise and provocative to say. In this issue of the Pastor’s Coach he lists several antitheses we need to pay attention to: You grow a church with talent and leadership. You impact a community with … Continue reading

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Purpose Driven Life – Day 3

“Driven” is the big word for Rick Warren. First he had The Purpose Driven Church. Now we’re looking at The Purpose Driven Life. His assumption is that every church and every person is driven by something. He lists several things … Continue reading

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Pastor’s Report for 2004 Charge Conference

Let me begin by saying that I’m happy to be your pastor. This church is full of interesting people – “characters” one might say. I can easily see your commitment not only to the church but also to the community. … Continue reading

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Long Term Population Decline?

Scott Burns wrote of longterm population decline in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News. By “longterm” he means 50 years out. He notes that population growth in Western Europe and Japan is already negative, and that it is declining in the US. … Continue reading

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40 Days of Purpose – Day 2

Rick Warren in this chapter makes both points that are profoundly true and points that are questionable. First the profoundly true: “You are not an accident.” This is the thesis statement of the chapter. Many of us live like we … Continue reading

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Yahoo! News – ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ gets ‘axis of evil’ premiere

Yahoo! News – ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ gets ‘axis of evil’ premiere: “And even though his twenty-something son quipped in to say he was ‘disappointed’ by the film and asserted ‘politics is not as important’ for Iran’s younger generation, he did envy … Continue reading

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