A Great Church . . .

. . . doesn't just happen.Cardboard cutouts don't cut it.It takes real people doing real ministry.People who prefer to carry a towel rather than hold a title.That's how Servolution started yesterday.And how it continues today.

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Servolution Launch

Every once in awhile, a pastor writes a book that makes you sit up and take notice.Dino Rizzo's Servolution is one of those books.And not just because of the title -- which, let's admit it, is an all-timer.But it's also the content and the concept: a church-led...

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A Boy Of Summer

Time Magazine recently featured a cover story called The Case Against Summer Vacation.So in response, I put together some things I miss about childhood summers. I don't know if those dog days helped or hurt my academic progress, but I sure loved them. Here's...

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My Struggle With Confirmation

Here's a disclaimer to this post: I never went through confirmation class as an adolescent.So I don't have any memories of nine months of classes, meetings with mentors, and then a holy moment of joining the church just in time to graduate from sixth grade. I just...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Led Zeppelin Songs

My goodness, I loved these guys in high school.I never wore the T-shirts or had the hair or did the drugs, but I sure loved the music of Led Zeppelin. I even remember getting permission one night to see the midnight showing of their movie The Song Remains The Same...

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A New Workout

Last Friday, I scheduled an appointment with a physical trainer at the YMCA where I exercise so that he could give me a new workout.I'd been doing the same routine since January. Even though it was a taxing program, I had gotten used to it and so wasn't getting the...

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Crescendo, Week Five: Know

If you're paying attention, you may notice a slight deviation in the arc of Crescendo.While the series comes from Psalm 146-150 and the crescendo of praise that section offers to God . . . we skipped Psalm 149.OK, I skipped Psalm 149.I couldn't really figure out how...

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The Past

William Faulker famously noted, "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."I wonder if he ever spent time in my office.People bring a lot of baggage from their past that ends up poisoning their present. Both things done to them and things they've done to...

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Improving Upon An Idea

About six weeks ago, I dropped by the office of Chris Macedo, our Music & Worship Pastor.I was working on a message for the Crescendo series, this one from Psalm 150. Here's the text of Psalm 150 in the NIV:1 Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary;praise him...

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Top Five Tuesday — Ministry Toolbox

This is the season of the year when many United Methodist pastors begin new assignments.I've only been through that kind of season twice -- once in 1990 when I graduated from seminary and began serving Mt. Carmel & Midway Churches in Monroe and again in 1999 when...

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