Reflections Blog

Trust the Process, Work the Program

Trust the Process, Work the Program

Let’s talk about group dynamics.If you’re a typical reader here, you’ve seen the backlash when a small team springs an initiative on a larger group without careful rollout. The team has done its homework and is sure of the plan’s wisdom. But the larger...

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What is Your Pastor Up To?

What is Your Pastor Up To?

Healthy Pastors, Healthy Churches I’ve been thinking recently how important it is for church leaders to stay alive to God. When we stop growing, we have little to offer others.There is a saying in church circles, “healthy pastors, healthy churches.”...

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A Time to Mourn

A Time to Mourn

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all these troubles that had come upon him, each of them set out from his home…They sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great...

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Come Serve with Us!

Come Serve with Us!

The wider church is a beautiful place to serve. At the presbytery level you’ll find servant leaders who are passionate about God’s mission, and realize that, for Presbyterians, we depend on each other to grow God’s Church.  Although it is a little...

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Now What?!

Now What?!

Father Greg Boyle’s presentation reminded me of my winding path away from affluent suburbia. It made me wonder about renewed ways to seek my spiritual growth. And it made me wonder how God is calling the Presbytery beyond itself once again. First Few...

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A Vision worth Celebrating

A Vision worth Celebrating

 Ten Years Ago It feels like yesterday when my senior pastor burst into my office to announce that a new position had been posted on the presbytery’s website. I was then an associate pastor at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, and he said to me,...

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A Disney Story, or A Better Story

A Disney Story, or A Better Story

Last month Tom wrote of “telling the better story.” He spoke of “God’s alternative narrative,” which values forgiveness over winning and community over control (see Gil Rendle’s Doing the Math of Mission). Tom then described three beautiful examples of...

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Telling the Better Story

Telling the Better Story

Long ago, before I knew much about the internal workings of churches or denominations, people who loved me told me stories about the person of Jesus, and that encounter changed everything for me. Their stories engaged my imagination to consider an...

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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...

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Adventing: Waiting and Acting in Hope

Adventing: Waiting and Acting in Hope

“In the beginning, God created…” begins the narrative that shapes our lives. And now, at Advent, we wait expectantly for something new to happen, the birth and return of creation’s Savior. I recall another birth that that took my breath away....

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