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    A Season for Everything (Part 1)

    “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1. This passage goes on to tell us that there is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to keep and a time to throw away. Christians often quote this passage when making a transition in our personal lives, yet when we think of the season for a program within the church ending we are rarely so casual. There is a season for everything and even as summer must turn into fall so must the programs within the church pass…

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    Why I’m Done Wearing Christian T-Shirts.

    For years I have been one of those guys that was always wearing t-shirts with some sort of Christian message. Sometimes the message we cleverly hidden and sometimes it was just right out there. I wore these shirts hoping that it might give me an opportunity to talk to people about Jesus. In my mind people were going to read my shirt and begin asking be questions opining the door for a presentation of the gospel. Well, this NEVER HAPPENED. Not once in my 37 years has a non-believer approached me and asked me questions about Jesus or my faith. In fact the only  people who have ever said anything…

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    It’s Just Benadryl!

    Recently the makers of a popular nighttime cold medicine came out with a new medicine that is just for sleep. When I first heard about it the nurse inside of me screamed, “I bet it’s just Benadryl.” Well, the next time I was at the store, I checked it out; and guess what, IT’S JUST BENADRYL. Don’t believe me, check out the active ingredients of both drugs… Yup, same drug and they are charging more for it. Now, the point of this post is not to out a popular pharmaceutical company. Rather, as I watched this commercial today it struck me that the church has been doing the same thing…

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    Not My Daddy’s Church

    We often look back at the way that our parents generation did church and talk about how it simply will not work in today’s society. In many ways I agree with that. There are many things that were done in the churches I grew up in that nearly turned me away from the church and would certainly turn someone without a relationship with Jesus Christ away. However, when I think about one of the churches that my father pastored when I was a child I think that this may be wrong. This story starts back in 1980. My father was fresh out of college and was starting his first pastorate.…

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    It’s Cheaper to Keep Her

    The title of this post is from an old joke about marriage and divorce. The gist of the joke is that divorce would cost you so much that it’s just cheaper to keep her. Admittedly this joke is in somewhat poor taste. But, as I think of this joke, I see a connection with how we do ministry. You see as ministry leaders we often work very hard recruit new leaders and helpers. However, in many cases once we have them were we want them they no longer warrant our attention. In a way our ministries become like black holes; we suck people in and leave them to flounder around…