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Contrarian’s Guide #1

con-trar-i-an (noun): a person who opposes or rejects popular opinion; a person who goes against current practices. Next August, 2019, I will celebrate (or lament) 30 years in pastoral ministry. That’s a long time! I don’t feel like I am … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know What to Think

I have to be honest, I don’t really know what to think anymore. How can a country, with so many churches, lead the world in gun violence, especially in our schools? How can people (especially Christians) continually put the 2nd … Continue reading

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The Three Legged Stool of an Impactful Church

All kinds of people and organizations use a three-legged stool to illustrate their three most important values or ideas or systems. The idea is that while a one-legged or two-legged stool is weak and flimsy, a three-legged stool is strong … Continue reading

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Identity Crisis

(NOTE: This is a sermon I preached on Thursday, July 27, 2017 for Empowerment Church during their Summer Revival Series. It is a sermon to the Church in the United States). ________________________________ In her book, The Great Emergence (2008), religion … Continue reading

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Embracing Social Justice

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” (Margaret Mead) ___________________________________________ Jesus proclaimed, “The time has come…The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and … Continue reading

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