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Sunday 06/26/2016
Who or what is your power source?
Posted: June 26, 2016

I popped a bagel into the toaster this morning, but nothing happened. I rattled the lever and pushed it up and down a few times before I realized the toaster was unplugged.

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Sunday 06/19/2016
Confession of a pastor for the sake of the whole church
Posted: June 19, 2016

The identifiable church in the United States seems to be shrinking. This puts a tremendous pressure on the church to try to maintain the glory days long gone. 

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Sunday 06/12/2016
Spiritual Side: John 3:16, plus the rest of the story
Posted: June 12, 2016

Back in my glory days (the ‘70s) there was a guy named Rockin Rollin who showed up at just about every major sporting event wearing a rainbow wig and holding a John 3:16 sign. It’s probably the most well-known verse in the Bible and, unfortunately, the most misunderstood.

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Sunday 06/05/2016
Reunions remind us that positive change is possible
Posted: June 05, 2016

I’m going on a trip next week, across country and back through time. I’m attending my 25th college reunion.

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Friday 06/03/2016
Finding the extraordinary in ordinary time this summer
Posted: June 03, 2016

Back where I come from the push is on to get the corn crop seeded. Memorial Day is the unofficial deadline and it has been cold so far this spring, so folks are running a little late. Late planting now turns into fears of an early frost at harvest time. 

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Sunday 05/29/2016
Reunions remind us that positive change is possible
Posted: May 29, 2016

I’m going on a trip next week, across country and back through time. I’m attending my 25th college reunion.

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Monday 05/23/2016
Every trial can bring us closer to God
Updated: May 23, 2016 - 5:29 pm

It’s been a tough past few weeks. My mom was recovering well from a stroke she had in December, and then she had another one in March. I’ve been getting treatment for Lyme disease since last summer and it has not been showing up at check-ups for the past four months, but it reappeared two weeks ago. My daughter inadvertently got between boys who were rough-housing at school and ended up with a concussion after her head was slammed into the lockers. The co-worker of a family member died by suicide. Cancer came back in my friend’s daughter after nearly seven years cancer-free. And that’s not the whole list.

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Sunday 05/22/2016
Confessions of a double-dipping churchgoer revealed
Posted: May 22, 2016

My name is Brad and I am a double-dipper. I’ve been double-dipping for the past 40 years and I just can’t seem to break the habit. 

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Friday 05/20/2016
Confessions of a double-dipping churchgoer revealed
Posted: May 20, 2016

My name is Brad and I am a double-dipper. I’ve been double-dipping for the past 40 years and I just can’t seem to break the habit. 

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Sunday 05/15/2016
The gift of persistence
Posted: May 15, 2016

Some years ago, back in the business world, I was assigned to work with a team on redesigning the corporate customer listening program. It quickly became apparent that our work was cut out for us in many different ways. We struggled against a strong and resistant corporate culture. We struggled against inadequate databases and highly diffused information. And like any new team, we had the usual team formation stuff to work through, including the four stages of team life and work affectionately known as forming, storming, norming and performing. Every member of the team had a regular workload, as well as the pressure of ensuring the team’s success. Like any good corporate team, we wanted a catchy name, preferably one we could reduce to a three letter acronym! We finally settled on calling ourselves, The Persistent Ones.

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Saturday 05/14/2016
Faith and intoxication
Posted: May 14, 2016

May 15 is known as Pentecost Sunday. In many faith communities after Christmas and Easter, Pentecost Sunday is celebrated as the most important Holy-day of the year.

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Sunday 05/08/2016
Spiritual Side: It isn’t about proof
Posted: May 08, 2016

A few weeks ago, a very personable young person came into the church office. I guessed correctly that she was in some form of sales. She was representing a company that provided a streaming video service specifically designed for churches. 

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Sunday 05/01/2016
Spiritual Side: Month of mourning ends, shadow of loss remains
Posted: May 01, 2016

I got my hair cut the other day, as I have countless times. It was no big deal for the barber — just another head in the chair, No. 2 on sides and back, finger length on top. But it was significant for me.

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Tuesday 04/26/2016
Sometimes we forget who blessed us with life
Posted: April 26, 2016

In the Gospel of John 21:4 there is a simple verse with a profound meaning. “When it was morning, Jesus stood on the shore; but the disciples did not know it was Jesus.” Jesus was back in his hometown, back where all began, where He had called his disciples. The sights and sounds of Galilee, the smell of the sea, the splashing of the waves, even the smell of fish were all so familiar. It all took Jesus back to the good ole days.

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Sunday 04/24/2016
Even if someone thinks they won’t get caught, God sees all
Posted: April 24, 2016

I was driving home yesterday when I glanced in the rearview mirror and noticed flashing lights. There was a pick-up truck behind me being closely followed by a police car. I turned down my residential neighborhood street as I saw the pick-up make a U-turn. It spun around and was also coming down the street right behind me. Was he wanting to pull off on a side street instead of the busy road? Suddenly I realized the truck was not planning on stopping at all, but had just turned down yet another side street with the police car still behind him. While not a high-speed chase, it was clear that this was no ordinary traffic violation.

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Sunday 04/17/2016
Spiritual Side: Stewardship of the earth has never been more pressing
Posted: April 17, 2016

I don’t believe that God created the cosmos in seven days, but I do believe the story contains profound wisdom. Neither do I believe that the first human being was formed from dirt molded into Man, as Genesis 2 describes. Nonetheless, we unquestionably “hold sway” over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky and the animals of the land (Genesis 1:26) — a poetic description of human beings’ extraordinary power to affect the entire biosphere and also our fundamental responsibility to care for it. Sometimes, information is better understood through story than fact.

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Saturday 04/16/2016
Spiritual Side: Welcome to the golden years!
Posted: April 16, 2016

I heard someone say recently that “the days are long but the years are short.” Well, the years have certainly been flying by as today I hit the big “6-0.” I wish the mirror had never been invented because I don’t feel 60. I feel about 40. But when I look in the mirror I see this wrinkly face looking back at me. I remember doing the whole hair dying thing back when I first started getting gray. What a pain that was. Fortunately, my wife said, “You look more distinguished with gray hair.” So I don’t have to mess with that anymore. 

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Thursday 04/07/2016
The Thursday Creed
Posted: April 07, 2016

I have what you might call a complicated relationship to the historic creeds of the church. What I like about the creeds is that they transcend time, connecting me with Christians all the way back to the early fourth century. What I do not like is that they also tie me to bits of orthodoxy that at best I think are superfluous and at worst, pure nonsense. 

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Thursday 01/28/2016
Spiritual Side: Now is the time for New Year’s resolutions
Posted: January 28, 2016

Blessings to you and yours in 2016! I must admit that I was a little sad to see 2015 pass. Time moves so fast. With the passing of 2015, it means a memorable year in my family’s life is history, and that a year of the unknown is ahead. Looking back at 2015, it is easy for me to embrace the great memories. I can think of a lot of meaningful events during the last 12 months. Looking back, I am comforted in knowing that even the hardships of 2015 have been overcome. On the other hand, as I look to the year ahead I have to face the reality that I truly have no idea what is going to happen. Sure, I have goals and dreams, but I do not necessarily know “if” they will become reality. In the past, I would come up with new year resolutions that would align with my goals, but these days I have simply resolved to pray my way into the unknown of the new year.

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Tuesday 01/26/2016
Spiritual Side: It’s a new year, a new start
Posted: January 26, 2016

A few days ago, I could feel myself getting stressed about a big decision that needed to be made. So I turned to Matthew 6:25-27 for a little encouragement straight from Jesus. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

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