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January 30, 2012

A number of years ago

A number of years ago, I was leading a workshop on evangelism for a group of folks who mostly represented the liberal and middle of the road side of our tradition.  We were discussing the various reasons folks had for not sharing their faith.  Some spoke of their hesitation to share that grew out of their concern that Jesus might not be the only way to God.  How could they witness to their relationship with God through Jesus Christ when other ways might exist?

 

One pastor then said something like this in response to those concerns:

“Not sharing your faith ...


January 23, 2012

I was standing in line

I was standing in line at a store after church when a woman in front of me began to verbally lay into the clerk who was helping her.  She was visibly upset and began what would be a profanity laced tirade that would have made tennis great  John McEnroe(am I showing my age) blush.  The manager came over to help her…bad idea.  This just seemed to provide more fuel for the fire.  I couldn’t help but think that this woman could have benefited from hearing the sermon from this morning.  After about round two of this interchange ...


January 17, 2012

THOUGHTS ON BEING THE CHURCH

As I continue to grow up in Christ, I pray, ponder, and talk about church life with much more of a sense of urgency. There are many reasons for this sense of urgency, but the most compelling reason is that I am living as a convert. As a person who grew up and was nurtured in traditional church structures, I am being converted by the Holy Spirit from the language of “going to church” to “being church.”

Even though I have always had a heart for seeing people’s lives change in Jesus Christ, I have been formed by a ...


January 9, 2012

Jesus or Christ?

Jesus or Christ?

 

We love our titles.  Minister. Pastor. Preacher. Reverend.  For me, I’ve always been uncomfortable with titles.  Some aspire to them.  I run from them.  After I was ordained, I was asked often, “What should we call you?” “Pastor, Reverend, What?” I would reply, “Philip, that’s my name.”  I received many blank stares.  I’m not sure they like calling their Pastor by their first name with out any title attached.  I’m sure it was out of respect for the office and part of their tradition but it always rang a little hollow to me ...


January 3, 2012

New Year a New Life in Christ

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2Cor. 5:17

The YMCA where I live is now crowded! There are people everywhere signing up for a new year of fitness membership with passion and fervor. I am told that the New Year is the busiest time for the YMCA. Everyone is making commitments or New Year resolutions to be more fit for 2012. However, those of us who attend regularly know that the YMCA will be back to normal after the first few months.

People start ...