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The Imminent Death of My Church (And the Hope of Resurrection)

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A Church is More Than a Building / Ministerial Madness / Wrestling with Angels

We had a tough meeting today. It was another meeting full of stress and dreary reports about the state of our finances. This time, though, was the worst so far. We have one year to live. If our pledges stay where they are, and our expenses keep rising, we will be broke in one year. We have reached the bottom. We can see the potential¬†imminent death of our church as we know it. And yet, […]

For All the Saints

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We celebrated one of my favorite holy days in worship today, All Saints’ Day. I tend to be pretty expansive in my definition of “saints,” and I encouraged my congregation to do so as well. I asked that we remember the stories of the saints, in the same way we remember the stories of our grandparents or friends–the stories that have been told over and over again, so well that we know the exact timing […]