My Kind Of Intervention

One more post about this past Sunday.I woke up sick on Sunday morning. Not real sick, just enough to know that I was going to get a cold or sinus infection or something that could interfere with my energy level or the strength of my voice.I told a couple of guys early...

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Love Your Money MORE

Yesterday, the one point in my sermon ran counter to the understanding most people bring to church and bring to money. I told the church to "Love your money MORE."Of course, this seemed to go against what even casual observers of Christianity know that the bible says...

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Something You’ve Never Heard Before

I think you are going to hear something at church this Sunday that you've never heard at church before.I think.I'm excited to able to say this thing, I know that.Oddball. Week 4. 8:30. 10:00. 11:30.

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If These Walls Could Talk

I continue to be amazed at the level at which people share with me in counseling.It is a high privilege that people trust me with so much.It is also a deep responsibility.What does that responsibility demand of me in pastoral counseling?Confidentiality -- if people...

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After Nirvana

In an earlier post, I talked about some of my favorite rock lyrics of all time. I thought it was a pretty good list.Until somebody pointed out to me that all of the songs were over 20 years old.So that got me thinking. Am I really so old (46) that I can't appreciate...

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What Worked

Pathfinder is one of the best things we've ever done.It's a high-touch, low-threat way of doing small groups around here.After years of struggling to match people with existing groups or start new groups in an old-fashioned way, we simplified the whole thing. Come to...

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Odd Still Does Not Equal Obnoxious

Our Discipleship Pastor James-Michael Smith brought it home yesterday with his sermon "Odd Does Not Equal Obnoxious."It was so nice to experience it as a worshipper and a learner rather than a preacher.You can listen to his talk here. Scroll down and click on Sunday's...

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Odd Does Not Equal Obnoxious

Unfortunately, way too many of Jesus' followers thing being odd is synoymous with being obnoxious.Or worse:This Sunday we'll see just how far that is from authentic, oddball, holiness.Because odd does not equal obnoxious. It's so much more.8:30. 10:00. 11:30.

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Another Crisis

Wall Street's Financial Crisis is not the only one in the world.The last six weeks have seen a wave of anti-Christian violence in the Indian state of Orissa. Here's a hint of what's been happening, courtesy of www.barnabasfund.org.:Hindu extremist violence against the...

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Still A Vice President’s Husband

I have posted before on Julie's job in sales management with Kinetic Concepts, Inc., a San Antonio-based medical device firm.She's at it again. Not too long ago she received yet another promotion, this one from Regional Vice President of Sales to Divsion Vice...

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