On Giving to Your Local Church

The Christmas season is often called “the season of giving.” Those of us who follow this tradition, whether Christian or not, give and receive gifts this time of year. For some Christians, this includes giving a little extra to their local church—an especially helpful gift at a time of year when many churches are struggling …

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When the Blog Goes Quiet

I've not been blogging as much as I might like. That's a combination of fall busy-ness and writer's fatigue (the two are not unrelated). But if you're just itching to hear my thoughts verbalized (I honestly can't imagine why, but apparently some people appreciate them) you can find some of those thoughts on our church blog …

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Trust in God, Love One Another

One of my parishioners in a former church used to say that preachers really only have two or maybe three different sermons. “Every sermon they preach—doesn’t matter the text or the title—is really just a variation of one of those two or three sermons,” he’d say. I’m not quite that cynical about the average pastor’s …

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“All you ever do is talk about Jesus and love. Why don’t you preach the gospel?”

Okay, so I’ve never heard it put quite that starkly. And I don’t hear this in quite the critical tone of that title, at least not directly. (What’s said about me when I’m not around, well, that may be a different story!) But I do hear some version of these kinds of questions fairly frequently, …

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