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Making Decisions

In our society today there’s a stress on democracy and majority rule. The problem with pure majority rule is that 50% plus one can suppress the “minority.” There’s also a problem with people making decisions without or in spite of proper knowledge. As a pastor there have been times when someone would ask me, whyContinue reading “Making Decisions”

Read the Bible

As a young believer I would encounter people who would say, “My preacher says….” Now, I’ve been a preacher for a few decades. Preachers who study the Bible can give great insight and explain passages that we find in holy writ. However, preachers, like everyone else, are fallible. We can be wrong. Acts 17:11 speaksContinue reading “Read the Bible”

Doing Church in 2022

I’ve never been much on New Year’s resolutions. If I believe I need to change, I start immediately. I have had resolutions for my birthday, which for me is the start of a new year. I’m not formally proposing new year’s resolutions for your congregation. But we’ve seen lots of changes in our culture andContinue reading “Doing Church in 2022”

Our Christmas Letter

It used to be that we sent out a letter with our Christmas cards to update friends and family on what we had done during the year. So, I’m using my blog for that purpose this year…. This Christmas will be rough for Lori, since her mom passed away in January. Added to that isContinue reading “Our Christmas Letter”

Thanksgiving

It’s easy for us to take what we have for granted. We’ve always had something, so we take it for granted that it’s always been that way and will always be that way. I grew up without air conditioning at home or in the car–my first two cars didn’t have ac. There were no cellContinue reading “Thanksgiving”

Switching Meanings

A big problem in the church and in culture is switching the definitions of words. In the religious world the Mormons have done this with words such as the Trinity. They say they believe in the Trinity, but it’s a different definition than that which is used by traditional Christian theology. We see it todayContinue reading “Switching Meanings”

Imposing our Views on God

Oct. 26, 2021 In today’s Wall Street Journal there’s an article titled, “Young People Say Disconnect Keeps Them From Church.” The disconnect includes views on race, gender, and immigration. According to the article the views on race were not treating people equally, but racial justice. Racial justice looks at people in terms of groups, notContinue reading “Imposing our Views on God”

The Fellowship Factor

As a lead pastor for well over 30 years, I’ve recognized the importance of fellowship, knowing people and having friends in the local congregation. Now that I’ve been retired and most recently haven’t served a church, I see how much more important relationships are for a church member. My wife and I are active churchContinue reading “The Fellowship Factor”

Branching Out

Mostly I’ve written about church consultation, which is very important, especially for plateaued or declining congregations. And I am a certified church consultant. I will continue to stand ready to assist church leaders and their congregations regardless of their financial situation. With future blogs, I’m going to expand more and deal with cultural, political andContinue reading “Branching Out”

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