Why Having A Facebook Page Is Like Being Sally Field

When she won an Oscar for her role in Places In The Heart, Sally Field gave what is for my money the best known acceptance speech of all time.And I have been thinking about that speech ever since I entered the world of Facebook a mere three weeks ago.But instead of...

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Small Gesture And Large Grace

Something very small happened in between yesterday morning's worship gatherings.But it had a large impact.During the sermon itself, I used a demonstration involving Gatorade (the energy drink!) to show how it is that many moms and dads pour into parenting what they...

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Home Based, Week 2 — Master Bedroom

In terms of Master Bedroom luxury, there's good:There's better:And then there's best:But what does all this talk of Master Bedrooms have to do with children, households, and passing on the faith?To get that answer, Sunday.8:30.  10.  11:30. 

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Nice Reviews Are Nice

Some folks have been thoughtful enough to review The Storm Before The Calm over the last few days.Here's one from Amazon.And then Claude Kayler, the founding pastor of Good Shepherd and fellow Methodist blogger, offered his thoughts in a two-part review.You can...

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Presbyterians, Hymnody, And Substitutionary Atonement

Since my post yesterday was all about hymns, I thought I'd continue the trend today.Only today I want to focus in on a new hymn that is suddenly sitting in a seat of controversy:  In Christ Alone.  Now: "In Christ Alone" is really a glorious piece of music...

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Best. Note. Ever.

I finished my sermon yesterday by telling about a note I received in my box on a recent Sunday morning.  Here's a picture of the original:You get a note like that -- from an eight-year-old who wants to be baptized, gives his phone number, and says he is "looking...

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Home Based Launch — Family Jewels

A Jewish rabbi one time put it this way: In the church, you all believe that a family comes to church and finds faith there.  Then you bring that faith from the church back to home. In Judaism, we do it differently.  We believe that faith starts in...

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Grandparenting By Grace

Last Sunday's sermon ("After The Storm") included this litany from the book Grandparenting By Grace, authored by Irene Endicott and C. Ferris Jordan: We are teachers of God’s plan of salvation to our children and grandchildren. We are witnesses of how God...

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