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With apologies to the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem: Thoughts on the upcoming presbytery meeting
With apologies to the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem: Thoughts on the upcoming presbytery meeting

With apologies to the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem: Thoughts on the upcoming presbytery meeting

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter in Los Ranchos… a time to begin,            and a time to end; a time to examine pastors for ordination,            and a time to declare pastors honorably retired; a time to hand over...

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Tell a New Story
Tell a New Story

Tell a New Story

Story-Telling Animals I once found myself in a silly discussion about what makes humans different than animals. One person argued that it was because animals don’t use tools and humans do. Another asserted it was because humans communicate with each other. And...

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I belong here too
I belong here too

I belong here too

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud...

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Who Wants Change?
Who Wants Change?

Who Wants Change?

When change is necessary, Presbyterians often already have the means. The real question is whether we have the will. Take as an example the challenge of including more young voices1 in our decision making. We already have a way to do this. As soon as a congregation...

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Both/And Leadership
Both/And Leadership

Both/And Leadership

There was a time in Church history where denominations like ours enjoyed an era of expanding resources. They had the same mission as we do, to make disciples and build a vibrant God-honoring Church, but they were pursuing these activities in a markedly different...

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Summer Reflections
Summer Reflections

Summer Reflections

To all you who have traveled this summer, welcome home! I hope you have enjoyed your wanderings. I took two major trips—the first to General Assembly in St. Louis, and the second to Week 1 of the Art of Transitional Ministry at the Zephyr Point Conference Center on...

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The Power of “Together”
The Power of “Together”

The Power of “Together”

Our family had a mission statement. My parents wouldn’t use those words, of course, but to this day, we know it by heart. They reared us to be “lovers and givers.” That was their deepest hope, why we existed. The challenge was that we were all so peculiar. One...

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