dying church

A Different Animal

Sunday I met with a session to begin the process of closing a church.  It reminded me of this, the first chapter of a book I’m working on.  This is just a draft, so comments are welcome …. “That’s why the presbytery sent you, right?  To close us?” Ruth whispers…

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Last Tuesday night, Dwayne and I wanted a pizza.  We have “pizza” on speed dial and called to order a pepperoni pie.  There was no answer.  I called again, and the ringing went on and on and on.  Why?  Why wouldn’t the pizzeria pick up?  We thought, maybe they’re very…

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Praise God for Liminal Times!

Throwback Thursday … another way for me not to lose some older writing I did and to share what’s still relevant.  This post was first published in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Connections, a publication of the Presbytery of New Covenant. I attended a workshop on Spirituality at the Congregational Transformation Conference…

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What about a Biker Missionary?

Throwback Thursday a day late.  This is an article I wrote in September 2009 and was published in the October issue of “Connections,” the newsletter of New Covenant Presbytery.   I share it here, because this story will be featured in the fourth chapter of the book I’m currently working on, “Twenty-eight…

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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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Where Would You Worship?

Take Our Poll I’m so excited that my husband, Dwayne, has decided to join Allentown Presbyterian Church.  It’s been interesting observing him and talking to him about what he expects and hopes for in a community of faith.  In the process, I heard about his experiences as a visitor in a half-dozen…

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