Tag Archives: Church

My Story

Start by reading John 8:31-39

Over the next several weeks we’re going to be talking about the mission of the church.  My hope is that we’re going to do this in a different way than it has been done in the past.  We’ll talk about some of the things that we always need to talk about when we talk about the mission of the church, but I want to put everything together in a better way.

By the end of the series, I want us to be able to tell the story of our church, and through the story we help folks to know what our mission is.  That’s a little different, but we’re much better at remembering stories than we are in other things.  If we can tell the story, then I think we can better live our mission. Continue reading My Story

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Respect! just a little bit

Start by reading Hebrews 10:19-25 and Romans 12:3-17

Only somewhat jokingly I’ve said that most stewardship programs are like fancy forms of clergy whining. It’s only somewhat because the most common refrain that you hear when you look at what other pastors say about stewardship is that the people in the pews aren’t giving enough, and if they would just give then we wouldn’t be having any problems.  I should also note that this is one of the times when clergy will make a clear distinction between “us” and “them.”  Somehow, this doesn’t sound right to me. Continue reading Respect! just a little bit

How are We Doing?

What do you value?  What do you think is important?  As you look at those two questions, I invite you to read Matthew 28:16-20. These are the familiar words of the Great Commission that Jesus gives to his Disciples.  Most important in these, I want you to pay attention to two verses.

18Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 28:18-19 Continue reading How are We Doing?