So… here’s the thing… where do i/we start?
I’ve read, absorbed, played with, interpolated and generally mushed up all the information into my little ol’ being… and now I”m waiting for some kind of inspiration to hit me.
Dinner? A movie? Asking my partner if we could invite eight people over to the house for a meal and some discussion?
Where does the discussion start? What are the questions that will get us going?
What”s going to come out?

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10 Reasons Why Your Church Sucks

Found in the archives of ginkworld: 10 Reasons Why Your Church Sucks. Just what I needed to read at the moment!

If you”re someone who is comfortable with the way the church has been for the last 50+ years, then I”d suggest you click on the link with caution. What the writer has shared is edgy – and can be shocking.

But its true…

and sometimes truth hurts.

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Found in the archives of ginkworld: 10 Reasons Why Your Church Sucks. Just what I needed to read at the moment!

If you’re someone who is comfortable with the way the church has been for the last 50+ years, then I’d suggest you click on the link with caution. What the writer has shared is edgy – and can be shocking.

But its true…

and sometimes truth hurts.

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I was working at the office tonight. One of the local elementary schools is holding their grade 8 graduation in our sanctuary. (Most grade 8 students are age 13, turning 14.)

As I was working on the meditation for this Sunday, I had the radio on, like I often do. I’m not sure what station I was listening to, but I think Alecia Keys was playing. I had the sound up, and was leaning back, listening, while I thought about the scriptures.

Two faces (of people I”ve never had the chance to meet before) poked in my door, said, in unison – “OHMYGOD! This is so cool. YOU like our music?”

In the discussion, we talked about what we liked about the different artists… one of the young women asked, “Could some of our friends come and listen to what we’re talking about?” Within five minutes, we were having a great discussion about Life… and Why Would Anyone Want to Be A Christian??????

Hmmmm…

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I was working at the office tonight. One of the local elementary schools is holding their grade 8 graduation in our sanctuary. (Most grade 8 students are age 13, turning 14.)

As I was working on the meditation for this Sunday, I had the radio on, like I often do. I”m not sure what station I was listening to, but I think Alecia Keys was playing. I had the sound up, and was leaning back, listening, while I thought about the scriptures.

Two faces (of people I”ve never had the chance to meet before) poked in my door, said, in unison – “OHMYGOD! This is so cool. YOU like our music?”

In the discussion, we talked about what we liked about the different artists… one of the young women asked, “Could some of our friends come and listen to what we”re talking about?” Within five minutes, we were having a great discussion about Life… and Why Would Anyone Want to Be A Christian??????

Hmmmm…

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So… here”s the thing… where do i/we start?

I’ve read, absorbed, played with, interpolated and generally mushed up all the information into my little ol’ being… and now I’m waiting for some kind of inspiration to hit me.

Dinner? A movie? Asking my partner if we could invite eight people over to the house for a meal and some discussion?

Where does the discussion start? What are the questions that will get us going?

What’s going to come out?

Continue Reading

As I wander around the web, I’m sampling things from a whole bunch of places. When I was starting out in congregational ministry, I read some of the works of Tom Bandy and Bill Easum. And I disagreed with them. In lots of places, I still disagree with them. But I”d like to suggest checking out some of the learnings that you can find on the Easum/Bandy website.

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Easum/Bandy

As I wander around the web, I”m sampling things from a whole bunch of places. When I was starting out in congregational ministry, I read some of the works of Tom Bandy and Bill Easum. And I disagreed with them. In lots of places, I still disagree with them. But I”d like to suggest checking out some of the learnings that you can find on the Easum/Bandy website.

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My Head is Spinning!

My head is spinning!
We had a “congregational information session” following worship this morning. The Council Executive wanted to share a blueprint for dealing with the current operating fund deficit. The process looks solid, the numbers look scary… and people seem to be ready to do something.
One of the questions that came up – as it seems to do on a perennial basis – was, “Well, what about all those young families that have been having their children baptized…” I expected the phrase to continue with, “why don”t they come to church and give more?”
I was totally blown away when the speaker said, “… what are we doing to help them feel like this is a place that they can connect with God?”
*37 pairs of eyes turn and look at me*

Seemed like a good time to explore the support I”d get in helping a “community of the Now” grow. It was wonderful! The people present were extremely supportive – even when they recognized that we might not see any of these faces out on Sunday morning. One twenty-something couple asked if they could be part of the planning team.
Spirit dancing!

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