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Default Living

In the nineties I served a church that defined itself a great deal by what it was NOT.  It was NOT, after all, like the church down the street which had defined itself as “bible based,” “contemporary,” “evangelical,” and “growing.”  I’ve seen this a lot in congregations since then, too….

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10 Things the Church Can Learn from Community Theater

Dwayne’s brother played Snoopy in the Warren Players’ production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.”  It was his first musical theater experience since High School.  So, of course, being community theater geeks, they couldn’t keep Dwayne and me from making the drive to northwestern Pennsylvania to see the show this past weekend….

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Church: Keep it Real

This was the “General Presbyter” report given to the Presbytery of Monmouth on Tuesday, April 28. Sitting behind the communion table, waiting for the elders to bring the elements back to the table, I leaned over and whispered to the pastor, “I could listen to you preach every week … ”…

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Why I’m Presbyterian

I was born asking the question, “Why?”  My father tells the story of driving the three-year-old-me miles to the local electrical sub-station all the while tracing the wires from our house, because I asked “how come?” every time I turned the light switch on and off.  As a preschooler, I drove my…

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Feast and Famine

I’m looking at the calendar and realize it’s time to start planning my Thanksgiving Dinner menu.  Since moving back to the northeast, we’ve been able to host the family dinner at our home on Thanksgiving Friday.  It’s a nice tradition.  Like most of you, too, we always have an over-abundance…

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Spiritual Health Club

What if new member orientation in a church was more like an initial meeting with a personal trainer at a health club?  This is the question Reggie McNeal asks in his book, The Present Future (2003). Instead of dumping a packet of church club member stuff on them, why not interview…

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Earth Subdued … and Then Some

My brother had rabbits when we were kids.  He and my dad built a luxury hutch in the back yard.  Two bunnies, two males.  Or so we were told.  One morning, as you supposed, there was a whole litter of bunnies in the hutch.  Immediately, they took the mother bunny and the…

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The Kingdom Coefficient

As I introduced in my last post, I am enrolled in an online course (MOOC), “The Age of Sustainable Development” with Dr. Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University.  This week’s topic is the measurement of economic development.  When we speak of economic development, it’s not enough to just measure wealth or even…

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