Month: November 2013

An Abundance of Blessings (A Sermon of sorts for Thanksgiving Eve)

Tonight I provided the following reflections as part of the message in my congregation’s Thanksgiving Eve worship service.  As is the custom on this blog, I include my sermons that I share. However, I remove most pieces that are dependent upon the context so what follows is fairly close to what I preached without some

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This Week’s Links

Tuesday means its time for the weekly installment on this blog of the links. I share and entrust some of what I have read or seen in the past week with you for your reading and thought-provoking pleasure. This week’s categories are:  Church & Ministry Thought and Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership Thought and Practice; Neighbor

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What Kind of King? (A Sermon for Christ the King Sunday)

Yesterday we observed and celebrated “Christ the King Sunday.”  It is the last Sunday of the church year, and the day the church honors Christ who reigns as King from the cross.  The lectionary appointed texts yesterday were Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 46; Colossians 1:11-20; and Luke 23:33-43.  As has been a custom on this blog,

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This Week’s Links

It’s Tuesday.  That means its time to share with you a sampling of some of the things I have been reading and thinking about in the past week.  This week’s categories are:  Church & Ministry Thought and Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership; Neighbor Love; Stewardship; Vocation; and Miscellaneous.  I entrust these to you now and hope

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Words in Our Mouths- An Introduction

Have you ever thought that there are words that the church and congregations use which aren’t helpful? Perhaps they are misunderstood?  Perhaps over time they have lost their meaning, or their meaning has been drastically altered? There was a helpful post in the Washington Post last week by Addie Zierman.  She offered, “5 churchy phrases

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This Week’s Links

It’s Tuesday.  By now you know that Tuesday means links here on this blog.  This week’s categories are:  Church and Ministry Thought and Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership Thought and Practice; Neighbor Love; Social Media and Blogging; Stewardship; Worship; and Miscellaneous.  I entrust these stories and links to you, and hope that they will be interesting

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Leading in the Midst of Transition

I never set out to be a “temporary” leader.  Who really does?  But perhaps that’s really a core insight about leadership.  All leadership is by its nature transitory and temporary.  By extension, all leadership is in some way an example and part of transition. I wonder if what makes a good leader perhaps in part

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This Week’s Links

As is the normal practice on this blog, Tuesday means its time to share what I have been reading and thinking about in the past week.  I entrust these links to you for your reading and hopefully thought-provoking joy.  This week’s categories in order are:  Church and Ministry Thought and Leadership; Leadership Thought and Practice;

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All Saints Day

Blogger’s Note:  On this blog I occasionally offer brief reflections on particular days within the church year.  Today’s post is one such reflection.  Today in many churches across the world we observed All Saints Sunday.  For some general context and background, All Saints Day is the day following All Hallows Eve.  So November 1st is the

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