Category Archives: Ministry

What Your Pastor (not just me) Is Thinking

In 2002, I visited a far away Seminary to see if it was the right next educational step for me.  It wasn’t, but that’s ok (and another post). I keep recalling a slice of memory from the seminary campus tour.  … Continue reading

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Consumerism and Church

Consumer culture is a profound problem for contemporary religious belief and practice. Beyond the excesses of consumerism lie cultural dynamics that incline people to engage religious belief as if they were consumer commodities. – Vincent Miller, Consuming Religion: Christian Faith … Continue reading

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Vacations

Vacations are difficult because it takes work to rest.  Saturdays were the best when I was a kid — waking up at the regular school time only to realize that there’s no school always made my legs tickle.  Back to … Continue reading

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Air Traffic Control

Some of what I do as a pastor feels more like Air Traffic Control than it does ministry.  That’s not a complaint, mind you, just an illustration.  The ATC’s run the airport runways — every plane that leaves the gate, … Continue reading

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A Fresh Word on Worship (from 1954)

From Ilion T. Jones, A Historical Approach to Evangelical Worship (Abingdon Press) The liturgical movement is one of the significant movements of our time.  (Not only) is it creating a revival of interest in worship but it is bringing about changes in church … Continue reading

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I’ve stopped growing. Now what?

Why is it that the closer I get to God, the farther away He feels?  Ask any saint in the history of Christianity and they’ll tell you: God sometimes seems distant.  A season of plenty is followed by a season of … Continue reading

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Baptism and the Angels

I had the privilege of witnessing two baptisms last Sunday at pfmchurch.  As always, a powerful time and a great celebration of God’s grace and call to full devotion in following Christ.  Baptism is a public confession, a dunking, right there … Continue reading

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Why are Christians _____________?

This Sunday at pfmchurch we’re starting a series called Why: Asking the Big Questions.   From October 2 – November 20, we will be fielding questions about God, the church, and Christianity — and the questions will come from churched and unchurched alike. … Continue reading

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The Consequence of Paying Attention is Wisdom.

I started running church sound at a young age.  Back then we ran everything in the Sunday worship service through an Electro Voice 16 channel audio board, model BK-1642.  Each fader controlled the volume of each individual mic and sound … Continue reading

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New Sermon Series: Hope (Romans 5:1-11)

We start a new series this Sunday called Hope, which is based on a verse-by-verse walk through of a very hope-filled passage in Romans (5:1-11).  Each week brings another installment of a sentence fragment which locks together to make a powerful statement of our … Continue reading

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