Personal Ministry In A Digital Age

Here's one of the questions I recently asked each of our staff to consider:How can my schedule be as full of face-to-face interactions with people as it is full of nose-to-screen interactions with my computer?Answering that question well is one of the great challenges...

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DS For A Day

The position of District Superintendent (usually called "DS" by insiders) within the United Methodist Church is something to which I have never aspired and for which I am ill-qualified.And yet on Tuesday night that's exactly what I was.Here's how and here's why: ...

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A Week In Texts

Over the last week, I traveled to northern Indiana for some continuing education with a group of North Carolina Methodists and my son Riley spent his fall break with some college friends in Charleston, SC.As a result, we communicated more than usual by text...

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Gospel, Week Three — Gospel Change

Who doesn't need a little Kenny Chesney on this Friday?Some people do change.But most people don't.How is it that we can apply Gospel power so that we're in the former but not the latter?Sunday.8:30.  10.  11:30.

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The Bible As Adventure Story

Every once in awhile, I get a fresh reminder of how the division of the bible into chapters and verses can actually get in the way of our encounter with Scripture.Case in point: this week, as part of preparation for a Men's Life Group Bible Study I lead on Sunday...

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Trading In Intangibles

Over the last few weeks, I've bought two CDs.The first one was the new release by Mumford & Sons, surely one of the few rock acts ever to use banjo, fiddle, and stand up bass and still look cool.The second purchase was of a new CD by Band Of Horses, a modern band...

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Gospel Week 2 — Gospel Approval

It's a new look at an old story.And it comes from looking at what the story doesn't say.That's right: we're going to learn what a bible passage teaches by studying what it omits.It's one of my favorite ways of looking at Scripture.And one of my favorite messages to...

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