Month: June 2009

Preach Green, Teach Green, Save the World

We’re obviously in the midst of a “green” movement — but so what?  I listen to the ongoing debate about “global warming” and it gives me a headache.  The fate of the planet has been turned into a political playground, where “experts” on each side wastes an incredible amount of […]

Writing a Money Autobiography

 I get inquiries on a regular basis to reproduce the instructions I have given to writing a Money Autobiography.  I thought it would be easiest to do so here.  Hope you find this helpful.   This is part of the process of helping people in your congregation develop a healthier relationship […]

Pancake Parallels

Fifty-five years ago the United States was deep into The Cold War.  Paranoia, patriotism, and poor communication combined to allow such bizarre and embarrassing phenomena as McCarthyism and backyard bomb shelters.  Our government, in an effort to protect and defend the American public, launched into a research frenzy — looking […]

Children of God: Childlike or Childish?

Overheard, two pastors talking: Well, if this amendment passes, I can tell you one thing.  My church isn’t going to pay its apportionments this year! What?  You mean if you disagree with the decision you’d withhold apportionments?  That’s kind of childish, isn’t it? Hey, I’m not childish.  I’m childlike. Um, no, […]

The Care and Feeding of Faithful Stewards

Stewardship is both a worldview and a practice.  Stewardship is a way of relating to God’s creation, not simply something we do in and for the church.  Stewardship is about how we choose to live our Christian faith in the world. The concept of Christian stewardship was so corrupted and […]

How Good Is Your Vision?

Look at the following images.  Which one most resembles your vision for mission and ministry in the church? There are visions, then there are visions.  Let’s take a look at the various types of vision in our church and what impact they have on our overall effectiveness.

Been There, Done That

I wonder how many United Methodists are simply tired and bored with the same old, same old?  There is a growing dual attitude about our churches that is important to note: some feel that we are irrelevant while others feel that we are little more than boring.  Not everyone.  I […]

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