Month: August 2011

SERMON from 8-28-11: “On Holy Ground”

Exodus 3:1-15 1 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush

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Dick Cheney and “Heads Exploding”–TeeHee

Okay, this isn’t a political blog. However, it is somewhat a pop culture blog. When something is this blatantly funny–on numerous levels–I gotta point it out. In interviews about his upcoming memoir, former vice president Dick Cheney says something about how his book will be revelatory. The quote from the story I read put it

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Love Is Certainly A Lot Of Work

This framed phrase hangs in our living room, and it is the perfect illustration of how love is great, funny…and a lot of back-breaking work sometimes. And yes, the glass is shattered in one corner. Perfect, right?

Another “National Back to Church Sunday” Promo Video

Here is another promotional video from the national company behind the “National Back to Church Sunday” effort. I don’t know how I feel about the kind of commercialization which they have attempted to put into this good idea, but a good idea is a good idea. Also, see a press release about NB2CS here.

Pastoral Authority in a Postmodern World

This is a post I made to the United Theological Seminary discussion forum for my class “Preparing to Preach.” I decided to share it with my readers because it is an issue which is so vitally important to the survival of the church. If pastors do not find a way to remain authoritative in a

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SERMON for 8-21-11: “We Have Gifts”

Romans 12:1-8 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may

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National Back to Church Sunday PROMO VIDEO

This is the promo video we will be showing on Sunday mornings to promote our Back to Church Sunday efforts. Check it out. It may not be too late for your church to put in an effort! REMEMBER: Forest United Methodist Church will be hosting a Back to Church Sunday event on September 18. All

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Is Charles Nelson Reilly the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives?

I was walking by the TV and just happened to glance over at who I thought was Charles Nelson Reilly standing next to Ohio governor John Kasich. Not true. In fact, it was Bill Batchelder, who is the Speaker of the house in that state. I thought I may be going crazy, so I put

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SERMON from 8-14-11: “Thinking Out(in)side The (God) Box”

Philippians 4:4-9 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which

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Forest UMC & Back to Church Sunday

On September 18th, 2011, the Forest United Methodist Church will be inviting the residents of Forest (and surrounding areas and everyone who wants) back to church! Considering the ever-increasing percentages of people who have stopped attending churches over the past 4 decades, it seems about time to invite them back. If you are interested, make

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