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Many Generations, One Church

Posted by Pat Butler on

(Special guest writer: Pat Butler) Starting on Sunday, August 25th, we will be introducing a new multi-generational class to the Sunday School hour (9-10am). I want to take a few paragraphs to outline the concept, objective, and topics for this class – in hopes that we might be able to...

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Tags: sunday, apologetics, worldview, school, class, multigenerational

No harm, but if ...

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I've been working through 1 Peter very slowly in my Quiet Time lately. I am seeing some amazing things there that are deepening my understanding in new ways, and that's always exciting. 1 Peter has a lot to say about suffering, putting it in right perspective. But there's not enough space...

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Tags: evangelism, apologetics, hope, suffering, defense

Sabbatical

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I am so grateful to my elders and my church family for not only making a sabbatical possible, but for being so overwhelmingly supportive of us. I've never had the privilege of a sabbatical in almost 20 years of church ministry, and it's recommended that pastors take 3 months or more every 7...

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Tags: sabbatical

Only Two?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

A few weeks ago, I mentioned a principle about how Christians can respond to controversial issues, and I think it bears repeating here. Our society is highly polarized on many issues, which means that most current events are presented as a choice between Option A and Option B. That's it. You...

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Tags: issues, politics, society

Goalllllll!!!!!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Yeah, the soccer last week was exciting, but now that I have your attention, let's talk about a different kind of goal. Cheap trick, but effective. The various leaders have been working on goal statements for each area of ministry, and we saw the need to have an overarching goal statement. All...

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Tags: ministry, goal

The Results from One

Posted by Colby Kinser on

The bi-annual EFCA national conference "EFCA One" was held last week in Naperville, IL. Over 1500 attendees fro across the US and some overseas locations joined together for worship, training, encouragement, networking, and denominational business. As always, the conference was rich and...

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Tags: theology, eschatology, end times, millennial, efca

Be Safe and Dangerous

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Be safe and dangerous. Be safe in the sense that people feel safe with you, safe enough to share their lives, their concerns, and their less-than-flattering selves with you. Develop authentic enough relationships where people know you as a safe person. Jesus was a safe person. People with the...

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Tags: missional, safe, dangerous

There's a Reason You Don't Know

Posted by Colby Kinser on

My sister-in-law had a job she didn't like. She was in leadership at a private school and loved much about the work - the students, the teaching methodology and principles, and the mission. However, there were some parts of the work that were so bad that she eagerly made her exit at the end of a...

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Tags: sovereignty, expectations, plans, adventure

Heartburn

Posted by Colby Kinser on

There's an annoying thing about getting older - the flaws in yourself that you've been able to successfully pretend aren't there become harder to ignore. Maturity, schmaturity. I'm becoming increasingly aware that when people give me heartburn, I have that heartburn in part because my heart was...

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Tags: fire, attitude, anger, response, danger, heartburn

Rearranging the Musical Chairs

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last week, we rearranged the musical chairs, so to speak. Normally, we have a batch of worship songs before the sermon, but this time, we put the batch of songs after the sermon. In part, we wanted to just shake the pattern so that we don't become mindless with a too-familiar pattern. Also, we...

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Tags: worship, music, service, gathering

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