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Approved for Commissioning – It’s Finally Happening

The day has finally arrived.  After nearly 10 years of schooling – on top of serving in the pulpit and raising a family with the invaluable support of my wonderful wife, Emily – the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Indiana Conference has approved me for comissioning as a candidate for ordained ministry. There is

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Apprved for Commissioning – It’s Finally Happening

The day has finally arrived.  After nearly 10 years of schooling – on top of serving in the pulpit and raising a family with the invaluable support of my wonderful wife, Emily – the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Indiana Conference has approved me for comissioning as a candidate for ordained ministry. There is

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Instructions for Handling My Son’s Death

Originally posted on Notes from the Pastor's Office:
***This isn’t written with everyone in mind, but all are welcome to read it.*** IMPORTANT: Carter, my son, is still alive and well–smiling as he ALWAYS does. That being said, last Tuesday, my wife and I received some discouraging news.  While our son–Carter (7)–has a healthy…

SERMON from 3-3-13: “My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?” – Last Words From The Cross Series

This is the third of a seven-part series for the Lenten and Easter season. I got the idea from my father-in-law, who serves as Senior Pastor at Mesa First United Methodist Church, downtown Mesa, Arizona. This particular sermon was borrowed from Timothy Merrill, editor of Homiletics Online. I couldn't come up with a better way

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Spitballing the Future of the Church Part 2: Are There More Disillusioned Young Clergy?

  Yesterday, I had a Facebook message chat with a friend of mine.  I will not tell you how close, but he is on the cusp of being ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church.  We had always discussed what was bothering us about different aspects of the the church and the life of

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‘Silent Night’ by Chris Tiedeman IS HERE!

Here it is.  You can listen to it and download it here first.  In a couple of days, I will provide a link to it on Facebook.  Either way, enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Ella is Dancing to #GangnamStyle (VIDEO)

Ella loves Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style.’  She was dancing to it quite a bit the other night.  It brightened my day, so I thought I’d capture it to share with you. #GangnamStyle

A ‘Goodnight Moon’ Parody – ‘Goodnight iPad’ (VIDEO)

  Available in print and digital e-book with audio/video:) Enjoy!

I Agree With @ejoelwatts – This Katy Perry Moment Is Tear-Worthy

  Joel shared this on his blog.  It’s awesome and heart-warming.  A great take on a cheesy pop song.

Is Beyonce A Feminist Icon?

*Editor’s Note: Beyonce Knowles and I share a birthday–an exact birthday.  So–according to my calculations–I know three people who share the exact same birthday.  Myself, Stacey Byers (with whom I went to school) and Beyonce Knowles.  #carryon In the run up to the 2012 election, I have to resist the temptation to go full-bore into

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