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Jan
19
2012

Are You Hacking Branches or Striking Roots

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Long Island’s mild winter has been a good thing for my family and our garden.  We have been enjoying fresh kale at least once a week with our dinners (creamed kale, sauteed kale, kale with garlic and mushrooms, and on and on).  I am a little concerned that the kale we froze over the winter isn’t going to get used any time soon.  The mild weather has also enabled me to put off cleaning up […]

Jan
16
2012

50, 100, & 200 Years From Now

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Two hundred years ago slavery was considered to be an acceptable institution. One hundred years ago women were not considered to be competent to vote. Fifty years ago discrimination based on skin color was considered to be a way of life. The church played a major role in ending each of these injustices.  The church also played a role in keeping them in place. Fifty, one hundred, and two hundred years from now what injustices […]

Jan
9
2012

Why Is This News or, Who Won’t You Serve?

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Out of Ur recently shared a video of an ABC news piece dealing with the relationship between the evangelical community in Portland, Oregon, and Portland’s openly gay mayor, Sam Adams.  I thought the piece was well done and it deeply resonates with me and how I believe the church needs to be functioning in the years to come. While church planting in Baltimore we commonly worked with a broad range of groups on common ground […]

Jan
3
2012

2012, The Road Ahead

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Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. -Habakkuk 1:5 And so starts 2012.  I am genuinely excited for what lies ahead this year… more so than I have been for the start of a new year in quite a while.    As I enter 2012 the opportunities and challenges that are in front […]

Dec
28
2011

Re-Run Week: Insecurity & Authentic Community

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This was originally posted in September, and I think it is hugely important to anyone in church leadership… What do you think? Ronnie Floyd had a great post on insecure pastors on Monday that has had me thinking.  In true Southern Baptist style, Ronnie outlines the three warning signs of an insecure pastor with skillful alliteration: Competitiveness– One of the biggest problems insecurity carries with it is overt competition. Churches try to “out-do” one another. Pastors […]

Dec
26
2011

Re-Run Week: Shaun King’s Warning to the Church

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This week I am taking a break from posting and re-posting some of the more popular posts from the last year as well as some of my favorite posts.  This post originally ran on September 22, 2011… enjoy! On Tuesday the Internet Monk’s Chaplain Mike shared his thoughts on Shaun King’s resignation from Courageous Church in Atlanta.  This was the first that I had heard about it, and I have spent the last couple of days reading more about […]

Dec
20
2011

Come and Adore Him or Christmas is Coming!

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It is hard to believe that Christmas Eve is only five days away. As you rush from party to party, event to event, and program to program my prayer for church leaders is that you will have the opportunity to stop, exhale, and adore Him.  We know that the busyness of the season can get in the way of our being able to truly celebrate it… many of you who are reading this may have […]

Dec
12
2011

A Nice Place to Go to Church

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On Saturday I spent a good bit of time in my truck.  Driving up to Albany and back to attend a funeral for the mother and grandmother of close friends, I had the opportunity to get caught up on the backlog of podcasts sitting on my iPod.  Near the beginning of the return trip I listened to a quick discussion about Greg Hawkin’s book, Move.  To be honest, I haven’t yet read the book (Christmas […]

Dec
8
2011

Our Ideal Messiah Versus the Messiah We Need

Nativity Story

Two thousand years ago (give or take a few years) Christ was born in the most unlikely of places.  While the baby Jesus lie in a manger, the Jewish world was expectantly waiting for the arrival of the Messiah. Having been scattered, oppressed, and marginalized for centuries the hope and expectation was a Messiah who would come in and restore Israel to a place of prominence in the world.  They wanted a Messiah who would […]

Dec
5
2011

Church Visitors and John, My New Dry Cleaner

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I have a new dry cleaner, his name is John. This is a pretty big deal for me because John’s store is fifteen minutes out of my way, and I pass easily a half dozen dry cleaners on my way to see him.  Most people reading this will think me nuts for being so passionate about my new dry cleaner, because a dry cleaner is a dry cleaner… right?  So, why am I so excited […]