Tag Archives: ministry

Going to Church on Christmas

Pope Julius I was not a forward thinking leader.  Instead of fixing Christmas on the 25th of December, he could have set the date of Christmas on the last Thursday of the month.  That’s what Abraham Lincoln did with Thanksgiving, and it is so much easier to schedule worship services and office closings…

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The Mission of Campus Ministries and Christian Universities

For more than twenty years, campus ministry groups affiliated with Churches of Christ have been making the annual trek in January to the Gulf Coast Getaway in the Florida panhandle.  I am preparing to go as I write this article.  It will be my fourth trip to Gulf Coast Getaway, but the change…

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Shocking Judgment

In my short bio below it mentions that I spend most of my off time restoring portions of our house, which is more than 50 years old. This is both a hobby and a necessity. The challenge of updating a mid-20th century structure to be practical in the first quarter of the 21st century is…

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Is There Anything We Can Do?

In his book Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us, Adele Calhoun writes, “Christian community exists when believers connect with each other in authentic and loving ways that encourage growth in Christ. They engage in transparent relationships that cultivate, celebrate and make evident Christ’s love for all the world.” 1 As I reflect on…

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Book Review: The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

Paper or plastic? That’s the question we are sometimes asked in the grocery store. Today, the question I often ask myself is, people or paper? You see, organizing one’s time between spending time on “paper” (studying and lesson preparation, church administration, etc.) and “people” (the human element of ministry, discipling, etc.) is a…

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What You Look for Is Often What You Get

Like many people I know, I place little reminders around my office to remind me of things I’d like to remember. Several of these reminders are clustered on the small bulletin board I keep by my office door. Settled amidst this haphazard collection is a rather plain-looking white piece of paper with the…

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