Month: February 2014

Some thoughts about being lost (from Luke 15)

This past Sunday I heard a sermon (which you can watch below) shared by Pastor Dan Poffenberger at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minnesota.  He reflected on Luke 15, and its inclusion of three separate but very much connected parables.  They all have something to say about being “lost.”  What might this mean?  What particular

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This Week’s Links

Tuesday means that its time to share some of what I have been reading and thinking about over the past week with you.  This week I have links to things related to:  Church and Ministry Thought & Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership Thought & Practice; Neighbor Love; Stewardship; Worship and Miscellaneous.  I am really excited to

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Discourse: God Reveals…

Today we continue our series, sharing and unpacking my snapshot of my current theological understandings.  So far to recap, I provided you an overview of this process and explanation about Discourse.  And previously in the series, I shared reflections on the ideas of “God is” and “God creates.” Today we move into unpacking the conception

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Discourse: God Creates

Continuing our series unpacking the Discourse snapshot of my current theological understanding, here is the second post, God creates.  To help remind you of the series or to give you some background if this is the first time you have read my blog in awhile, here is the introduction and the first piece, “God is.”

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Discourse: A Snapshot of my Personal Theology

This past month I have had the opportunity to be challenged, pushed, affirmed, and so much more.  I have experienced this mix of emotions and actions by participating in a “Discourse:  God” pilot class, taught by my wife Allison. No, in case you are wondering or worried, I don’t intend for this post to be

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This Week’s Links

It’s Tuesday, and therefore its time to share some links to things I have read and found interesting and thought provoking in the past week.  This week’s topic categories are:  Church and Ministry Thought & Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership Thought & Practice; Neighbor Love; Social Media & Blogging; Stewardship; Vocation; and Miscellaneous.  I entrust these

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Ground Rules

One of the things that I have discerned and developed in working in congregations and providing consultation to other congregations and non-profits is that it is important to have ground rules.  Ground rules allow for a safe space to have conversations, discussions and meetings.  They are especially helpful when engaging in difficult conversations where everyone

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