A Halloween unlike any other…

...(said in Jim Nantz voice, of course). A peek into our office today: That's Lead Pastor the Rev. Danita R. Anderson with me preparing for our church's preschool to parade by our offices. It's a tremendous gift to work with Danita, who is always ready to laugh. One of the reasons we work well together …

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Match Game: a Christianity21 Quiz #c21denver

Last week I attended Christianity 21, an excellent and fun conference organized by the incomparable JoPa Group. It is a conference ostensibly offered for those of the (E)(e)merg(ing/ence/ent) persuasion. Whatever that means anymore. Based on my experience at this gathering, it means something along the lines of, "smart, compassionate, diverse people who want their Christian faith …

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Happy Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas! It's my Christmas day tradition to post this Isaiah passage (which is a reading for Christmas Eve worship every year), Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" (the world's best - and most challenging - Christmas song), and a lighter second song that changes each year. You're welcome. 😉 Isaiah 9:2-7: The people who …

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Changes for the Holidays

"One word can bring you round" To say that change is difficult is no kind of insight. We know this is true. Yet change comes to us all and sometimes even proves to be a Good Thing. This fall our wonderful partners at the West Suburban Community Pantry changed how they distribute food boxes at Thanksgiving …

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Giving ’til it feels good

As the end of the year approaches, my congregation is, like many organizations, in the midst of our stewardship campaign. That campaign will determine the level of financial support for our ministries in 2013. There is much biblical support for giving to such a campaign. If you've been around most any church for most any …

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Is it May 4 yet? redux

We're just an hour away from our Call + Response screening, but this new Avengers trailer is just so good I had t to take a breather from promoting tonight's event. Granted, The Dark Knight Rises is almost certain to be a better movie. My guess, though, is that Avengers will be more fun. Here's …

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2011 Favorites – Picture & Post

It's basically mid January, high time to be done with this little retrospective series. (Previous entries were movies, music, and - believe it or not - hockey goal.) This post during my week as guest blogger at The Hardest Question was my most viewed post of the year. But I think this post was my …

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