Category Archives: Church Planting

“What on earth is water?”

Two fish were swimming in the ocean when they were approached by another fish.  “How’s the water,” he asked. After he swam away, one of the two fish looked at the other and said, “What on earth is water?” The … Continue reading

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“I want to punch God in the face!”

Our conversation began with, “Are you a pastor?” I don’t know where that came from.  I never did anything that would have given away my identity.  Plus, on the bike path  I was always wearing a dirty ball cap and … Continue reading

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Stereotypes

I have a friend who is 180 degrees from me.  From my faith.  From my temperament.  From my interests.  From what I read.  My opposite in almost every way.. My friend has stereotypes about who Christian people are and what … Continue reading

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Strangers in a Room

The first meeting of the group was short. Organizers used the time to help the group make introductions and start forming relationships. Most were strangers to each other. There was little group affinity because of its design. An accurate social … Continue reading

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Last Rites

The nursing staff at the hospice was having their weekly case review meeting.  One of their client’s had asked if the hospice chaplain (me) could come for a visit. The patient’s daughter answered the door.  “Mom’s back here; is it … Continue reading

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How Starbucks Changed My Sermons

My old office had a nice desk and a comfy sofa. My books lined three walls. An assistant provided helpful support and freed me from menial tasks. My office was the perfect place, I thought, to allow ideas to percolate … Continue reading

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The National Mood

If there was prevailing mood in our nation today, it would be cynicism or pessimism. Both issue from a dark belief that there is nothing pure, good, altruistic, or hopeful in this life.  In this perspective, every person with an … Continue reading

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