Category Archives: Life and Learning

Squirrel! Reflections of an A.D.D. Pastor

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq1iXU1WoTk&feature=youtu.be&w=550&h=309] Unlike Max, I was diagnosed with ADD as an adult. What does that mean? Long emails are a nightmare! Editing articles is impossible! And long meetings are the worst!!! Peers think I am bored or arrogant when I’m checking email in … Continue reading

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“Love you buddy!”

  I am all about “sticky phrases;” a few words that people remember that carry a depth of meaning, emotion, and experience. Some of the phrases I lean on are: “We’ll figure it out. We always do.” “No worries. It’s … Continue reading

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Conflict as a means of grace

Conflict so often is seen as deterrent to authentic Christian community. Change the color of the carpet in the sanctuary … conflict! Introduce rock music into the traditional service … conflict! Introduce liturgical elements into a contemporary service … conflict! … Continue reading

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Best Phone Call Ever

Last Friday I picked Adam up from school and took him to lunch. Had a great time. So, I thought maybe this week we could have a repeat. On the way to school when I floated the idea by him, … Continue reading

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Finding Jesus in Unexpected Places

  This Advent we're focusing on the Christmas story and finding out how over and over Jesus just seemed to show up in unexpected places. Nobody would have ever expected Jesus to be born where and when he was and … Continue reading

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The Left, The Right, Conservatives, Liberals, Republicans, and Democrats?

Following following the example of a pastor I know, I am going to give you the opportunity to inform the pastor (that would be me) about our two presidential candidates. In your opinion, what are the best online resources that … Continue reading

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Blue Skys and a Guy Named Cloud

Spent Thursday at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington for a day long seminar called "Blue Skys". Turns out the conference appears to be named after the rooms they are held in. About 112 men and women from the business … Continue reading

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Feelin’ Good!

Ok, my High School Youth Director Beth's last day is Sunday. My Communication Coordinator quit a few weeks ago, I just found out one of my weekly newsletter editors has to quit, I missed "The Office" tonight because of the … Continue reading

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The Perfect Gift

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A Sad Goodbye

Everyday I get out of bed and thank God for the incredible people I get to do ministry with; especially when it comes to the creative musical leadership at our church. Lynn Panosh constantly humbles me when I hear story … Continue reading

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