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Myths Regarding Why We Take the Offering at Church

The joke is well known: Wherever 2 or 3 pastors are gathered, there an offering basket is in the midst of them. Inference? Pastors are all about taking offerings at every gathering because we need your money to keep the church doors open. Do we really? Does God need our money to...
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A Grace-Giving Church

Last weekend at St. John’s our controlling image was the beloved peanuts character, Pig Pen. We considered what it means to be a grace-giving church, especially toward “messy people.” It’s one of our core values: We desire to be a church where grace is lived. The God we worship...
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Opening Doors, Changing Hearts

We’ve chosen it as our theme this year at St. John’s, based on Colossians 4:3… “Pray that God would open doors and windows and minds and eyes and hearts for the word so we can go on telling the mystery of the Anointed…” (The Voice) We have acknowledged that some doors are still...
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The Kingdom of God…At School

Instead of writing to teach or inspire, I’ve decided this week to return to the original purpose of this blog—to invite conversation regarding the sermon text for Sunday (and Saturday). If worship is God’s conversation with his people (Russell Mittman), and if the word for...
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Who Will You Be in the End?

Captain Ahab was driven by revenge. Remember Moby-Dick? If it’s the last thing he does, Ahab is going to kill the whale that once bit off his leg. In the final chase, he hurls his last harpoon with the words, “…to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee;...
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A Response to Uncertainty

Some things in life are inevitable. Some things are unpredictable. If that is the case, what is your response to such obstacles? You look in the mirror or at a picture of yourself and see signs of aging. You wait too long to start an assignment and your stress level goes up....
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Can’t wait ’til this day is over!

Did you ever have one of those days–that can’t be over soon enough? My last one was last Tuesday. Wrong side of the bed. Sluggish. Unmotivated. Spilled smoothie in my lap. Ugh! When you’re in one of those days you can’t see beyond it. It feels like the funk will go on...
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Preparing YOU for the Conversation!

Today Jason Collins “came out as gay,” according to the New York Times.  Jason is a professional NBA basketball player.  He is the “first openly gay male athlete still active in a major American team sport” (NY Times).  Jason said the catalyst for his...
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A Word that Sustains the Weary?

Today, among other things, Bostonians are weary.  It’s what fear and trauma does to you, whether it comes from the outside–people who do you harm–or the inside–the voice that says, “You’re not very good.  You can’t do it.”...
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Bible Q & A with Pastor Dan!

Wouldn’t it be great to sit with a cup of coffee among friends and ponder the great questions about life, current events, and the Bible?  Tomorrow (Sunday, 3-10-13) at 9:30am we’ll discuss YOUR questions at the intersection of all three of those–life, current...
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