04/20/2018

Horses, Sneetches and People

Lipizzaner horses are known for their aerobatic skills and disciplined performances. Their coats are thick dazzling white, but they are not born that way. Lipizzaner horses are actually black at birth. As they grow, their coats gradually...

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03/9/2018

The Power of Presence

I am completing the manuscript for a book on Martin Luther. I begin the chapter on Luther's period of refuge at Wartburg Castle with this story...   Early in my ministry I worked as an associate pastor under a seasoned veteran senior...

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03/2/2018

Doing Right Things

Years ago I heard a speaker define the difference between management and leadership this way: doing things right versus doing the right things. Whether you agree with their decision or not we saw the international chain, Dick's Sporting Goods...

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02/23/2018

The Lesson of the Wagon Train

In her book, Keeping the Sabbath Wholly, Marva Dawn tells a story from the pioneer days about a wagon train traveling from St. Louis to Oregon. The members were devout Christians and followed the practice of observing the Sabbath and not...

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02/16/2018

The Effort Before Climbing

In my entire ministry I have never had a start to Lent like this one. First of all, Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine's Day for the first time since 1945. That alone made it unique, but then I went to the gym for a quick exercise before...

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02/9/2018

On Eagles' Wings?

The good guys won the Super Bowl last Sunday and this article proves it! Okay, that was a bit over the top even for me, but there have been some interesting articles about the faith of the Eagles' team this season. (Interestingly the head coach...

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02/2/2018

Take Out Your Lesson Book

I haven't checked the TV listing but I'm guessing there will be numerous channels showing the Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day this weekend. He plays a weather reporter who goes unwillingly to Punxsutawney, PA to cover the news and ends...

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09/15/2015

It Ain't Broke

You know the adage: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It doesn't apply to churches. If nothing changes the trajectory of a faith community, it will be born, grow, decline and die in fewer than 100 years. There is no shame in that...

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