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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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Monmouth Presbytery — Keep It 100 or Weak Tea?

Using the illustration of Larry Wilmore again, I gave a variation of this talk to the Presbytery of Monmouth at the February 24th meeting: Larry Wilmore began his late night comedy program by introducing the concept of “Keeping it 100.”  Keeping it Real, Keeping it Authentic, Keeping it Honest.  He…

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… and now “Sandy”

When I packed my car and started driving north last year, I honestly thought I was leaving hurricanes behind.  Living 13 years on the Texas Gulf Coast … I had the names etched into my psyche … Carla, Alicia, Allison, Katrina, Rita, Ike … like members of the family ……

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The Present Future

I’ve found myself referencing Reggie McNeal’s book, The Present Future, quite a bit recently, so I thought I’d highlight a few of the main points of the book here.  Written in 2003, he identifies the six new realities of our changing world and how the church can respond to them. …

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10 Ways for your Church to Build Relationships on Facebook

Often congregations will say, we’ve got a Facebook page but it doesn’t do us any good.  Just having a page or merely posting information about your congregation’s programs or worship times assumes that people will come to your page to find out about you.  While that may have be true…

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Per capita: Is its Time Passed?

The other night an elder asked me why we don’t take away commissioners and voting rights from congregations that don’t pay their per capita.  The question is indicative of the kind of feelings flying within many presbyteries regarding payment or non-payment of apportionment giving.  The short answer, of course, is…

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Installation at Miller Chapel

Hold the date!  The presbyteries of Monmouth and New Brunswick will be installing me as Regional Presbyter on Thursday, January 26, at 7:00 PM.  The service will be held at Miller Chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary and a reception will follow.  More information will be coming soon!

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Congregations Insufficient!

That title makes me cringe.  One of the things you’ll hear me say over and over and over again is that the congregation is the heart of the church … the Church only exists through the work and ministry of it’s congregations.  As a leader on presbytery staff, this has…

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