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Speedlinking – May 6, 2009

A great idea, waiting for an instigator – Flash Mobs Hail to the Artists – recognizing the Wesleys Excuse the language, but this is fantastic – The lifestyle business bull**** 7 Ways to Fail on the Web – Helps me think about future online ventures Join “The Quiet Revolution” MB – Needs always met, hopes […]

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40 Days of Prayer for the UMC

I am excited about the upcoming 40 Days of Prayer for the United Methodist Church. This idea was first mentioned by Ben Simpson in An Open Letter to Young United Methodist Leaders. I am excited about this movement because I believe that it will: Bring clarity of God’s vision for individuals and communities Be a […]

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Tangible Next Steps for the UMC in Kansas

I am confident and hopeful for the future of the United Methodist Church in Kansas. I have a lot of dreams and visions for what might be possible in the future. I have work to do on bringing them into reality. Here are some tangible next steps that I believe  could be a part of […]

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Speedlinking – March 23, 2009

Power Down For the Planet – Good plan. Simple Guidelines for Workplace Quality over Quantity – This is a dream list for me. A perspective that makes me stop and think at Video Venue Churches: Pay your taxes. The most powerful word is no – Amen. I love it  – Boom Done An Open Letter to […]

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Adventures in Ministry – March 17, 2009

One of the best adventures in ministry as a young clergy person is to just be young sometimes. My wife, Nicole, and I camped out along with Dave, Dagney, Jeff and Heather for the chance to get free wings for a year at the Buffalo Wild Wings which opened yesterday at 10:00 AM. Some great […]

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Speedlinking – March 6, 2009

Google Wants Your Sermons – Will you share? I agree with the assessment at Why I love John Wesley It is a good reminder, Don’t Blame the Technology Excellent thoughts about Reaching the Next Generation If there are any left by now, Free Copies of Blueprint for Discipleship. I signed up for these – State […]

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Speedlinking – February 4, 2009

Big news and an opportunity to get a daily dose of Calvin at Reading the Institutes. A great reminder – The only thing I can control Summary of our Congregational Care retreat at Congregational Care at Resurrection in ’09. A Re-Visioning Prayer that I found to be an inspiration. I found this post to be […]

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Maywe Lettuce

May we… Let us… I find these to be among the most annoying phrases that I hear in church. They are both asking permission, which is almost never appropriate when they are used. For example… Let us pray. O God may we live as your people. etc… Let us. Seriously? How about “I invite you […]

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Speedlinking – October 16, 2008

Dear God, thanks for nothing offers a great perspective on prayer. iPhone, TMobile’s G1 and the church at The Problem With An Industry of Cool… A great comparison at Washington Redskins and Church. Three Translations gives great insight to interacting with scripture. A brilliant idea at Simple Way to Invite

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Speedlinking – September 18, 2008

Questions that Guys Should Ask Guys – great tips for discipleship from Tony Steward Do you want to be able to do one hundred push ups? I might give this a try… An Open Source Manifesto from Mark Batterson. Quality thoughts on Phone Etiquette from Nikki Alexander. Jeff Clinger shares of Celebrating Life in two […]

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June 22 Pastoral Prayer

I helped lead worship at Resurrection on June 22 and wrote a prayer for the experience. I have shared all of the prayers that I have written for worship via Google Docs under Resources here at this site. Please feel free to use and adapt to your own context. Enjoy! https://thoughtsofresurrection.wordpress.com/resources/

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In what way does God answer prayer?

I received the following email from a Resurrection attender this week. I have included my response below and some additional thoughts. It has been edited for anonymity Email Received: A friend of mine has a perspective on prayer that falls under what the internet refers to as Prosperity Gospel. She repeatedly says, “If I pray […]