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Lament

My heart is heavy today. A member of the congregation had their grandchildren in town visiting for a few days. The family was at the pool yesterday. At the pool, a two year old grandchild was in a drowning accident. The child was taken to the hospital and then lifeflighted to Children’s Mercy downtown. The […]

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The Young and the Godly – God’s Call

This post is in response to the series from NPR, The Young and the Godly. From the website: In a year-long series, NPR brings you the stories of young religious leaders as they begin their first year of ministry in an era of increasingly diverse religious beliefs. We’ll look at why they chose this often […]

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life

Memorable Quote

Yesterday before the 10:45 service I had a brief conversation with John, a wonderful wise man. I asked “How are you doing?” He replied, Taking what the good Lord gives me and making the best I can of it. Thanks, John, for your wisdom.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Yes, we have a copy of the latest release. My wife, Nicole, is a fan of the Harry Potter series of books and had pre-ordered a copy online. We decided to pick it up at the midnight release at the local Borders.   Is there anything that creates buzz and excitement within a faith community […]

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The Low Information Diet

Email is a part of my life as a pastor at Resurrection. From communicating with staff, congregation members, volunteers and other pastors it can be a great way to continue a conversation. As a result, I sometimes arrive back on Monday with a crazy number of emails that have built up in my inbox from […]

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life

Beautiful

Summer Fest 2007 came and went yesterday. I had a great time in the dunk tank – one child dunked me 3 out of 3 times! That guy had an arm… It was a fun afternoon and evening. One of the best parts of the day was seeing this sunset on the way home. This […]

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Strategic Planning vs Organic Growth?

Sometimes I think there is a dichotomy that is set up between planning strategically for the future of a congregation and for allowing the free flow of organic growth or entrepreneurship. I believe that this is a false dichotomy. On Monday, I wrote a post about Avoiding Mad Church Disease that linked to an article […]

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Community Supported Agriculture

This summer Nicole and I have enjoyed fresh vegetables weekly from the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program from the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture. Basically we paid a set amount of money up front and now weekly throughout the summer pick up a bag of fresh vegetables – whatever is in season. It has […]

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life

Independence Day

In the United States we celebrate Independence Day today. What is the true freedom that we celebrate? Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves […]

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life ministry

Mad Church Disease

Mad Church Disease has been burning up the blogosphere, at least the little section that I read. (See links below) This is a site focused on the phenomena of burnout for those that are in ministry. The site includes a survey for those in ministry, spouses of those in ministry, and volunteers in ministry. It […]

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Portable Traditions

Along with having a fantastic time at the Greystone Estate, we did learn several things at the marriage retreat that I believe will continue to improve our marriage. One of these things was the importance of portable traditions. Whether intentionally or unintentionally most people build traditions around particular times of year or celebrations – Christmas, […]

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life

Marriage Retreat – Pictures

Nicole and I had a wonderful marriage retreat at Greystone Estate (location). I found it to meet all the goals set forward for the time together (see previous post). Here are some pictures from the past few days… Exterior of Greystone Estate at night   As our anniversary was closest to the date of the […]