Category Archives: Ministry

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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Frankenmuth Part 17

We’ve been here every February since 2002.  By my math, this makes it our 17th visit.  Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you that unchanging contsant in a world of variables, that land of lederhosen and famous chicken dinners, that … 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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