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Review: How To Be Here by Rob Bell

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book review / ministry resources

If you’re a take-no-prisoners kind of person with unending-creative-energy, who has great boundaries and a humble-yet-bold understanding of your place in the universe… Then this book isn’t for you. But, if you’re an aspiring creative who’s also from time-to-time a hot mess, then this book is exactly what the doctor ordered. I was privileged to attend a two-day event with Rob in West Hollywood earlier this year on the creative process, and he noted that […]

a day of rest: an infographic on the 4th commandment

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infographic / Lectionary / ministry resources / Old Testament / Pentateuch / Religion / sabbath / Year A

This Sunday (Proper 22a) we have the 10 Commandments in Exodus 20. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Sabbath these days…particularly in the sense that as a culture we don’t get any…. and I’m going to be preaching on that this Sunday. Walter Brueggeman’s recent book “Sabbath as Resistance” is amazing, and I recommend it highly. A hi-def version of the infographic below can be downloaded in PDF form here.

under the folds of the hem – a reflection on Isaiah 6:1-8

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Lectionary / Major Prophets / ministry resources / Religion / Temple / Theology / Year B

The following is a reflection on Isaiah 8:1-8, the Old Testament lesson properly appointed for Trinity Sunday, Year B, according to the Revised Common Lectionary. The vision of Isaiah has always captivated me. It informs my vision of God’s Heavenly Kingdom perhaps more than anything else. It’s grand. Regal. Sweeping.

a dark and deserted place – a reflection on Mark 1:29-39

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Gospels / Lectionary / ministry resources / New Testament / Year B

The following is a reflection on Mark 1:29-39 the Gospel lesson appointed for February 5, 2012, the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – according to the Revised Common Lectionary. Also on this site is a version of the Prayers of the People for all Epiphany. Imagine walking into the office, and immediately getting hit with, “Everyone’s looking for you!—Where have you been?” What’s your first response? What’s the first thing you do? If you’re like […]

using email in ministry and maintaining sanity

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There have been some excellent posts recently by Michael Hyatt and the Tentblogger on email management. I’d like to add a few things about email that are specific to pastoral ministry. First of all, pastoral ministry is not a “desk job.” An office is helpful in many respects, but it shouldn’t be the place where someone in pastoral ministry spends even 50% of their time, unless you happen to be doing a lot of counseling […]

teaching stewardship, and eating your cake too

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ministry resources / stewardship

Stewardship in church isn’t about money. I mean, it is. But, it’s also about far more than that. It’s about relationship. It’s about our relationship with God, and our relationships with each other. It’s also about thankfulness. Thankfulness to God for life and it’s many blessings, including our church community. Last year we tried a new stewardship idea at St. Mark’s–an idea that highlighted the twin themes of relationship and thankfulness. Our stewardship campaign looked […]