This is a re-post of an earlier writing, but I think it's an important one. And because of something I want to write about next, I think it would be good for you to read this first...A common misconception (because it is wrongly taught and spoken of in that way) is that worship refers only … Continue reading Worship Is…
In another entry for the "Why Do We Do That?" category, I thought I would talk about one of those things you likely either a) take for granted that everyone knows, or b) never noticed before: the church year. Many people aren't even aware that the church follows a different format than the "Puppy of … Continue reading The Church Year
No, really! Every fall, there seems to be a lot of confusion and debate among Christians around the topic of Halloween. In fact, the church I once served as a youth director actually split over the question of whether or not it is OK for Christians to celebrate Halloween. Look, I know that we want … Continue reading Halloween Is a Christian Holiday
So, now that you know what a sermon is, and now that you know that a sermon has to hit on both Law and Gospel, let's answer another common question: how in the world does a pastor decide what to preach on, every single week of the year, every year of his ministry? It essentially … Continue reading On Preaching, Part 2: What to Preach On?
In this installment of the "Why Do We Do That?" series, I hope to answer some fairly common questions about an integral part of the worship service and a primary responsibility of a pastor, the sermon. This week: What is a sermon and why do we do it? Next week: How do you decide what … Continue reading On Preaching, Part 1: What Is a Sermon?
Over the coming (school) year, the congregation I serve is going "Back To The Story." Each week, we are encouraging our church family to read along with the book The Story, which is a translation of the Bible in narrative form, making it easier to read as one continuous story. The sermons will focus on … Continue reading Can We Trust The Bible?
One of the things my Vicarage Supervisor* taught me is that it is critical for us as the Church to "Never forget what it's like not to know." Do you remember how scary it was to walk into a new church for the first time? How do they do things? Am I dressed appropriately? Will … Continue reading Why Do We Do That?
This week, my own kids are back in school, along with the school that is a crucial part of our ministry. I know some kids were back earlier, and some kids will go back later, but 'tis the season of returns.In so many ways, our lives in America revolve around the school year. That's true … Continue reading Come Back
Here we go! This marks the first entry of what I intend to be a weekly blog about life, ministry and yes, theology. With that in mind, I thought I would kick things off with some answers to questions you might be asking. So without further ado, here are some F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions): Who … Continue reading Welcome In, Welcome Back
...I've been here for years, I just haven't written or posted often enough. Well, all that is about to change! I have challenged myself - and asked the Communications Director of my church to hold me accountable - to write and post something every single week! So... Beginning August 19th, I will begin regular blogging, … Continue reading Don’t Call It a Comeback…