Grass Court Tennis, The What Ifs, & Church Leadership

So it's Wimbledon next week. It will be hard to stay at work when there's grass court tennis going on. Back in the day, grass courts suited my game better than any other surface. Grass courts tennis rewards hard serves and aggressive play, both of which...

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Gospel Balance

In any given day, I'm called on to make a number of decisions.Usually, those decisions are strategic in nature: how best to align the staff, how most effectively to extend our influence, how to maximize the impact of our facilities.Sometimes I find those decisions...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Shows In Re-Run

News flash: they don't make many new television shows during the summer.  Instead, it's the season for re-runs.Which brings to mind the realization that some shows just never get old; the re-runs are even better than the episodes were the first time...

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Preaching With Notes Showed Me Why I Don’t

Yesterday, while our English services brought VBX 2013 to a raucous conclusion with a special kid-focused Sunday morning celebration, I took the opportunity to preach at our Latino worship gathering.In Spanish.I did this once before, on the third Sunday after our...

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Why We Do Vacation Bible Experience . . .

. . .  because when Children's Pastor Ryan Gordon gave an invitation for the young ones to give their lives to Jesus last night, 84 responded.Here they are getting some follow up from Vanessa Gordon:And from Sammy Gonzalez:A lot of little living...

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Methodist Buzz

The buzz you're hearing in the Methodist world is an unprecedented convergence of events, all of which center on the conjoined issues of clergy covenant and same-sex marriage.The rush includes a retired seminary dean & president in New...

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Vacation Bible Experience 2013

I've been spending my evenings this week with several hundred kids and volunteers as we together go through Turn It Up, our 2013 Vacation Bible School.Er -- Experience.And it's been an experience.There's music:Crafts:Activities for pre-schoolers:And, of course, small...

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Quick & The Dead & The Sons Of Men

I have long loved to preach on what many in the church call "end times."Why?Two primary reasons:  1) it is a great chance to correct what I perceive to be false teaching on the subject . . . namely, the Rapture-based eschatology made popular by the Left Behind...

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