Category Archives: Christian church

Maundy Thursday: “Preparing for a Culinary Feast.”

The following sermon excerpt is from a Maundy Thursday sermon I preached on Mark 14:12-26. The title of the message is: “Preparing for a Culinary Feast.” A lot of preparation goes into a culinary feast. The grocery stores will be … Continue reading

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What’s the Purpose of Your Existence as a Person … as a Christian Church?

Have you seen the TED talk featuring Simon Sinnek, “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Every One to Take Action”? His point is that businesses/organizations need to be clear about the “Why” if they hope to grow their company, … Continue reading

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Share the True Meaning of Christmas

One of the clearest Christmas witnesses is spoken by Linus when Charlie Brown asks, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!” Linus’ recitation of Luke 2 is available on YouTube. You can link to this scene from … Continue reading

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“7 Benefits to Pruning” by Jock Ficken

Rev. Dr. Jock Ficken, the Executive Director of Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) writes, It’s no secret that the Church in the U.S. is struggling and declining; it’s well documented in many places. It’s no secret that this places enormous pressures … Continue reading

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God’s Love Defies Human Comprehension! Merry CHRISTmas!

God’s love defies human comprehension. Who of us can grasp that God loves His depraved and disobedient human creation so much that He assumes flesh and blood in order to bring about restoration and reconciliation between Himself and humanity? And … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas — “Time for an Outreach Upgrade” by Rev. Scott Gress

Scott Gress writes, Last week I tweeted, “What can you do to upgrade your Christmas service plans to more intentionally engage members and love visitors so more grow closer to Jesus?” You only get one chance to make a first … Continue reading

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Journey from Unbelief to Faith — A Video Bible Study Series produced by Lutheran Hour Ministries

Hosted by Rev. Dr. John Nunes, this four-session Bible study, Journey from Unbelief to Faith, offers the viewpoints of four people who have made a remarkable journey. Theirs has been a pilgrimage from the outer edges of unbelief and apathy … Continue reading

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church — Sunday, November 13, 2016

The theme for this year’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is 2 Corinthians 1:5, “For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” “Pray for us …” is … Continue reading

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church — Sunday, November 13, 2016

The theme for this year’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is 2 Corinthians 1:5, “For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” “Pray for us …” is … Continue reading

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The Church: Museum, University, or Lifeboat?

Keith Haney provides some thought-provoking ideas in his article, “The Church: Museum, University or  Lifeboat?” As you read his article, ask yourself, “Which image describes my congregation?” In my current ministry position, I see congregations at various stages of the … Continue reading

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