Monthly Archives: April 2013

What Miranda Lambert Taught Me On Our Walk Together

I spent a recent lunch hour walking a local trail.*  As I can’t go very long without music, I grabbed my headphones and hit the trail. That’s when Miranda Lambert showed up. Her song “Mama’s Broken Heart” came on; it’s … Continue reading

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The Gospel of Freedom

Injustice is not just doing bad things; it also includes failing to do good things and not acting to stop bad things. Silence speaks loudly; refraining from action is a form of choice. In both these cases, we bear responsibility, … Continue reading

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Notes From The Hill

Random thoughts from my perch on the hill… Can I just say I love Pleasant Hill? Good things are happening on The Hill. A sweet spirit is present in our worship, and God is working in this place. We have … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Bombs in Boston

  A few thoughts in the aftermath of the bombings in Boston: We’ve all had a long week. In the follow-up to the emotionalism of the bombings in Boston, we get word of a small Texas town being leveled by … Continue reading

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We do not need to theorize about Jesus; we need to make him present in our time, our culture, and our circumstances. Only a true practice of our Christian faith can verify what we believe. Brennan Manning

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Rules of Engagement

We’ve all heard the real estate mantra: Location, location, location. We’ve all heard the relationship mantra: Communicate, communicate, communicate. Have you heard the church health mantra? Engagement, engagement, engagement. As much as I enjoy reading leadership/church growth books, I’ve become … Continue reading

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Should Pastors Wear Masks?

Uh-oh. Someone woke up feeling a little feisty. Someone (me) always wakes up a little feisty. And then I’m reminded that I am a pastor, and must behave with dignity and restraint. Whatever that means. Especially when it comes to … Continue reading

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