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Trolls

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Once upon a time, there were two trolls. Norris the Troll was known mainly for his incredibly large nose. Most in the forest didn't know if he was nice or mean, artistic or scientific, vegetarian or a frog-eater. Just his big nose. It was so large that he often hurt himself when he opened a door...

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Tags: justice, racism, judgmentalism, protest, riot, troll

Feeling Even More Distant

Posted by Colby Kinser on

When we first started meeting online, we all suddenly felt more distant from each other. Naturally. But as we got the hang of it, we started to forge connections with each other through different means. I was surprised at how well we could still feel connected as a church through a video...

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Tags: community, covid-19

Preaching to an Empty Room

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last Sunday was our first time of leading our online worship service from the church premises. I was surprised at the number of technical details that needed to be resolved just for that simple move from leading on Zoom from our living rooms to leading from the sanctuary. Big kudos to all the...

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Tags: evangelism

Not Holding My Breath

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I'm not holding my breath waiting for COVID-19 to be over with. And by that, I don't mean that I'm not expecting us to ever get out of our homes. Rather, I mean that I'm not just going to wait until most of this is behind us. This is a rich time now! God's power is not weaker than this...

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Tags: life, blessing, daily, virus, coronavirus, convid-19

Ahead of the Mental Curve

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Mental health care professionals are consistently sounding the same concern - CoronaVirus is going to exact a toll on our mental health for years to come. I don't want to be an alarmist, but I do want to get ahead of the mental health curve so that we are all better prepared to handle the...

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Tags: health, mental, virus, coronavirus, convid-19

Zoom Tim

Posted by Colby Kinser on

1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 (NCT - New COVID Translation)17 But as for us, brothers and sisters of the chat window, after we were forced to quarantine for a short time (in person, not in technology), we greatly desired and made every effort to return and see you and your virtual background of...

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Tags: safety, virus, coronavirus, convid-19

Virtual Backgrounds

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Our new normal of a meeting primarily online, some of you have found that fun feature of setting a "virtual background" to show behind you. Instead of your messy dining room, your screen presence can have in the background pretty much any image or scene that you want - the seaside, mountains, a...

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Tags: honesty, transparency

Improving our online experience

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last week, I discussed how we're protecting the flock in our online worship services. I mentioned that we have been using the "webinar" style instead of the "meeting" style for added security. The downside has been we can't see each other. And since we're already lacking personal contact, that's...

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Tags: worship

Be on guard for the online flock

Posted by Colby Kinser on

In Acts 20:28, Paul tells the flock to be on guard for themselves and for the flock. This directive has a particular twist in our days of gathering as the church online. We have been using Zoom for our online meetings, and most likely, you've read about some of the security concerns with Zoom...

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Tags: security, online, safety, flock, zoom

Re-Easter

Posted by Colby Kinser on

When is Easter this year? That's a much weirder question than Christmas, Fourth of July (obviously!), and even Thanksgiving. The Western tradition for Easter has to do with the lunar calendar in the springtime, which means it changes from year to year. I've always found that odd. For 2020, the...

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Tags: church, worship, easter, resurrection

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