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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

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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

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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

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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

I Love My Church Family!

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OK ... so ... ummm ... that was a weird week. But one of the positives is yet another reminder of how much I love my church family. All of you have been incredibly flexible on how to be and do church. I'm hearing of many of you reaching out to others, checking on them, offering to...

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Tags: church, 19, coronavirus, covid

More Power!

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Recent events (COVID-19, politics, insomnia) have gotten me to thinking about power. Power is what gets work done or at least applies a force on something. First, there is entrepreneurial power. This is not a technical term, but a term I'm using for sake of discussion. Entrepreneurial power...

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Tags: power, divine, entrepreneurial, systemic

Hands and Viruses

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The COVID-19 Coronavirus has gripped the world conversation. It has affected many of us even without contracting it. One of our own canceled a year-long teaching job in South Korea. At least one other is working from home because of legitimate concerns in the workplace. All of us are having...

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Tags: safety, virus, coronavirus, convid-19

Windfall Freakout

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If someone walked up to you and gifted you with five million dollars, would you immediately know what you wanted to do with all of it? Your head might start spinning so fast and the largess of the gift might keep you a little bit off-center enough to where you would end up not making the most of...

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Tags: grace, gift, abundance

A Person is a Person because of People

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At a recent conference I attended, one of the speakers (Brad Wos) said in a breakout session, "A person is a person because of people." His point is that our personhood is necessarily defined in terms of being a member of a community ... a "people." A person does not have full personhood apart...

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Tags: community, growth, maturity, mature, people, person

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