Month: December 2015

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats people prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog, and I am grateful for their work. Based on the following report, it has been another great year of: conversation, engaged discourse, and pondering; of readership and growth; of new topics and questions. Looking back at 2015, I am grateful for all of you

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The Boy Jesus in the Temple & Christmas Surprises

My wife Allison and I both preached at Messiah Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Washington this past weekend, preaching on the gospel text from Luke 2:41-52. What follows is the majority of the text that I preached Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  Grace, peace, and Christmas blessings and surprises to you! I will let you in

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Love- Christmas Eve

During Advent this year, I have been reflecting daily using this Advent Photo Devotional. The word designated for today, Christmas Eve, is #Love. At the heart of who we are and who we have been created to be, is love. That’s something I hope that we are reminded of on this Christmas Eve. This love is

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Justice & Truth- Days 24 & 25 of Advent

During Advent this year, I am reflecting daily using this Advent Photo Devotional. The words designated for December 22nd was #Justice, and for today, December 23rd is #Truth. It’s really easy to look around and see the things in the world that are hurting and broken. Sometimes I seem to fixate on them. Politicians and those

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Peace & Freedom- Days 22 & 23 of Advent

Christmas Eve is tomorrow, and I need to catch up on these posts. I am writing as I currently sit in a hospital waiting room. I’m here on a visit for a congregational member about to go into surgery. It might seem to be a weird place to start reflecting about peace and freedom, but

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This Week’s Links

Each week on the blog I get to share some of what I have seen, read, and found interesting and thought provoking over the past week. To help make sense of all of these links, I have grouped them by the following categories: Church and Ministry Thought & Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership Thought & Practice; Millennials;

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Singing- Day 21 of Advent

During Advent this year, I am reflecting daily using this Advent Photo Devotional. The word designated for December 19th was #Singing. Sometimes pictures speak better than words. I have said lots about singing lately, but here are some more photos of singing- sharing the joy of the season over the years.        

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Join- Day 20 of Advent

During Advent this year, I am reflecting daily using this Advent Photo Devotional. The word designated for December 18th was #Join. One of my favorite Christmas carols is “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” I have lots of reasons why it’s one of my favorites, but there’s one fond memory that sticks out more than most.

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Voices- Day 19 of Advent

During Advent this year, I am reflecting daily using this Advent Photo Devotional. The word designated for December 17th was #Voices. The angels give voice announcing the Savior’s birth. Mary gives a voice of praise in her Magnificat. John the Baptist is the one foretold in Isaiah, whose voice would cry out in the wilderness.

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Bring- Day 18 of Advent

During Advent this year, I am reflecting daily using this Advent Photo Devotional. The word designated for today, December 16th is #Bring. The church I serve also has a preschool attached to it, and weekly hosts a short chapel service for the preschool’s different classes. This week’s focus is on the people who visit Jesus

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