Month: September 2014

Resisting Perfection and Performance in Worship

If you are a part of a congregation, faith community, or serve or volunteer with a non-profit, you know that it is important to cultivate volunteers or “lay leaders.” You probably also know that when you are building capacity of these volunteers and leaders there will likely be challenges, growth opportunities and growing pains along

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This Week’s Links

Tuesday on my blog means that I get to share links to some things I have found interesting and thought provoking over the past week with all of you. This week’s topic categories are: Church and Ministry Thought & Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership Thought & Practice; Millennials; Neighbor Love; Social Media & Blogging; Stewardship; Vocation

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Why the Old Testament Must Not Go Away

Tonight my wife Allison and I had the great pleasure to attend a lecture in the chapel at Luther Seminary. The lecture entitled, “Why the Old Testament Must Not Go Away” was given by the esteemed Dr. Walter Brueggemann, as the first annual Terence E. and Faith L. Fretheim Lecture in Biblical Theology. Dr. Fretheim

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This Week’s Links

Tuesday on my blog means that I get to share some links with all of you. These are links to things that I have found interesting and thought provoking over the past week. This week’s edition is special though. It’s the 52nd edition of the links. You see, I started sharing these on Tuesdays just

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Church Membership- Questions, Perspective and Potential Millennial Implications

Lately I have found myself involved in questions about church membership. I have had conversations with new pastors about the challenges regarding it in their congregations. I have talked with pastors who have been serving for a year or more and heard similar thoughts. I have even heard synod level people remark about the issues

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Positive Things- Day 3

Even though the Seattle Seahawks lost today (sadly), there are plenty of other positive things to go around. So, with that note, and in continuing the five-days of sharing gratitude and reflecting on positive things, here are three more positive things and experiences: 1) Yesterday, my wife Allison and I enjoyed a wonderful walk around

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