Wondering

As a pastor, I often wonder whether members of my congregation actually pay attention to what the church has to offer, and what their pastor has to say. Feedback is often non-existent sans the average “good sermon” remark on Sunday mornings. Sooo . . . if anyone is actually starting to read what I write…

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Just Thinking . . .

I remember when, as a child, I would go to church services with my family where the minister always preached that we should be more like Jesus. I would listen and wish I could be more like Jesus, but, doggone it, I knew I’d never be able to walk on water unless it was frozen,…

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Pastoral Musings

Think for a moment what many people today want in a Hollywood movie — violence, adultery, incest, rape, murder, broken relationships, prostitution, theft, human trafficing and just about any other form of brokenness you can imagine. Well, there’s a pretty readable book that has it all, and would make one doggone good epic film. It’s…

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Pastoral Musings

On vacation last year, I attended a church worship service out of town. It began with two women sitting on bar stools, microphones in hand, singing to background music. That was followed by a band singing praise songs, guitars, drums and electric keyboards in a mini-concert. Then came a powerpoint presentation wherein a mini drama…

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Pastoral Musings

Supreme Court Justice Brandeis once said about our country that we can have a democracy, or we can have most of our wealth in the hands of a few, but that we cannot have both. We currently have a situation in our country where an extremely small percentage of our population controls the vast majority…

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