Aug 27 2014

A Pastor's Thoughts: The Center

Bless to me, O God Each thing my eye sees; Bless to me, O God Each sound my ear hears; Bless to me, O God Each odor that goes to my nostrils; Bless to me, O God Each taste that … Continue reading

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Aug 27 2014

Snow Day: Who Wants to Pray?

People in my profession get asked to pray a lot.  Many times, there isn’t even any asking going on – it’s simply assumed the pastor is the one who prays.  When one of us pastor types goes off script and … Continue reading

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Aug 27 2014

UMC Lead: Righteous Anger (Or Not So Much…)

I was leaving breakfast with my covenant group last week and was trying to cross a busy road. I was attentive to the traffic, which was steady in both directions, and easily waited eight minutes for a break. Traffic to the left was clear and I was just waiting for traffic from the right. As soon as the […]

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Aug 27 2014

Sandpiper's Thoughts: Hide and Seek

Do  you pay attention to the Children’s Moment in worship?  It’s always more interesting when the children have a conversation with the person who is leading worship.  Sometimes, it’s fun to watch the worship leader struggle to keep on topic while the kids tell him their stories.  Other times, what the kids say is incredibly theologically wonderful, and in it is the gem of the lesson.
 
I was listening to the Children’s moment in worship the other day. The lesson was about Psalm 139.

Where can I go from your spirit?
   Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
   if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
   and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
   and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
   and the light around me become night’,
even the darkness is not dark to you;
   the night is as bright as the day,
   for darkness is as light to you.

(vs 7-12)

Can we play hide and seek with God?  One little girl said that if we try, we will find that God always knows where we are.  In fact, she said, God is there before us.

That’s a great definition of prevenient grace from a 9 year old.   We should all remember her wisdom.

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Aug 27 2014

Hacking Christianity :: Rev. Jeremy Smith: Only days remaining for Worldwide Nature of #UMC Survey

As the UMC tries to figure out how to be a uniquely global democratic church, one of the ways to give feedback into changes to the Worldwide Nature of the Church is to fill out this survey by August 31st, 2014.

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Aug 27 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: LISTEN TO UNDERSTAND

“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger;…” (James 1:19)

Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

– Stephen R. Covey


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