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February 22, 2012

Ministry Widgets

I stopped selling ministry widgets years ago.  I know it’s a strange way to start a blog, but have you ever in your ministry felt like you were selling widgets?  Have you ever felt like a church or ministry of the church was selling you a widget?

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February 6, 2012

Sometimes, almost always when you least expect it

Submitted by:  Gina Yeager-Buckley

Sometimes, almost always when you least expect it (which, let’s face it, could be another blog in and of itself) you are the vessel for God’s voice.  For me, it’s generally when I’m the LEAST prepared or postured to do so.  This was the case last week.  While attending at a large annual conference for Christian Education, I spent many hours in a booth representing the ministries associated with my office.  Conversations were abundant. But late one evening when things were slowing down and folks were retiring for the evening, a woman ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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December 1, 2011

I am not a fan of the cross

I am not a fan of the cross, my cross that is.  I am overwhelmed with joy at the cross of Jesus, but as a church leader I am not a fan of taking up MY cross and following Jesus.  Don’t get me wrong I like the principle, not the implementation.   I teach that we are to follow Jesus all the time. I simply rarely apply the cross to my church leadership.  I follow Thomas Jefferson’s approach to the Bible, I eliminate passages that I cannot explain or that go against my agenda.

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