Monthly Archives: May 2010

The problem of technology

I read a fair number of books. When they grab me, I’ll apply myself and read them quickly. When they don’t,  I’ll work more slowly. Albert Borgman’s Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology is one of the latter. … Continue reading

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Changing the Covenant

Some of the latest big news in the UMC is from the study committee that is suggesting that we do away with the “guaranteed appointment” for ordained Elders. It is “a promise the church can no longer keep.” For those … Continue reading

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I’m Not Drawing Today

Today is “Draw Muhammad Day.” I won’t be taking part. One response will be, “Of course you won’t. You can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler!” Well, yes, that is true. But even if I could, I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Learning from North Point, part 9

(Picking up from an old series) North Point’s fifth “Principle for Effective Ministry” is “Listen to Outsiders.” Pretty strange idea, isn’t it? After all, what can we expect outsiders to know? If we want to know what to do as … Continue reading

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Rural Church

One of the books I’m reading now is Shannon O’Dell’s Transforming Church in Rural America. I figured that since I’m pastoring a church in rural America (ok, some folks describe our town as a metropolis – when compared to surrounding … Continue reading

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Avoiding Fame

Have you read the Miley Cyrus quote in the recent Christianity Today: “My faith is very important to me. But I don’t necessarily define my faith by going to church every Sunday. Because now when I go to church, I … Continue reading

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Getting to Philippians 4

Have you ever noticed what Paul said in Philippians 4? We find him saying things like: Rejoice in the Lord always; Again, I say, rejoice! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. My God shall supply all … Continue reading

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