I’ve always dreamt about being fluent in Spanish. Unfortunately, I’m not. Not even close. I know enough to survive but that’s about it. My M.Div. work forced me to spend time with Greek and Hebrew. Those are different things altogether. So basically I’m left with my native tongue of English and the struggles that come along with it.
Happy New Year! I know it’s a few days late but I feel like my new year just “officially” started yesterday. It was the first day back in my office after: a hybrid paternity leave for the birth of our third child Cecil, the Advent season, and holiday busyness/fun with family. I’m excited to see what’s in store for 2015 and thought I’d share some of those things as well as a few of my goals for the new year and “word” for the year.
There are millions of conversations happening, and have been for a number of years now, that a ridiculous number of churches are failing to engage in. These conversations are happening each and every day in and outside churches and yet the voice of so many churches is nowhere to be seen or heard. Facebook has over a BILLION active monthly users! Twitter has 284 MILLION active monthly users! Instagram has over 200 MILLION active monthly users!
Churches, where are you?
Effective preaching is both an art and a skill and we’ve all heard (and some of us delivered) sermons that seemed to lack both. They are not interesting, lack substance, seem to go on forever (when in reality only last <15mins), and leave us feeling disconnected. While engaging one’s audience is the goal of all public speaking, here are 4 ways to make preaching more engaging…
365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year. Less than a year from now Sunrise, a campus of Castleton United Methodist Church, launches as a new, stand-alone United Methodist church. July 1 of 2015. This is the last post talking about Vision for this new church, you can read the first 2 parts of our vision here and here.
365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year. Less than a year from now Sunrise, a campus of Castleton United Methodist Church, launches as a new, stand-alone United Methodist church. July 1 of 2015. In the next three posts I’ll be unpacking the Vision for this new church that was rolled out over the past couple weeks.
If you have spent much time around a church or people who go to church or heard various “evangelicals” in the news then you’ve probably heard the go-to phrase, “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin.” I think I actually hate this phrase and here’s why…
I had the chance to attend the first ever New Room Conference put on by Seedbed this past week in Franklin, TN. Disclaimer: I write for Seedbed and did my M.Div. work at Asbury Theological Seminary so I recognize the bias I may have. With that being said, the very reason I write for Seedbed and found the New Room Conference to be so meaningful are the ways in which Wesleyan theology is embraced and articulated. It is not so much that the information is entirely new or those who shared are new to the Wesleyan movement, the newness comes through an awakening of understanding what it means to be a Wesleyan Christian. If you weren’t able to attend this year, be sure to put September 16-18, 2015 on your calendar and enjoy some of the takeaways I had from the conference.