I love getting good ideas (and giving them) for DIY stuff on Pinterest and have a whole board full of ideas for church stuff. For me a perfect “Do it Yourself” project should have all of the following to be considered a success: There should be some significant reason to do the project myself vs. purchasing… Continue reading HOW TO: Make Your Own Corsage and Boutonnières on the Cheap… New Members, Confirmation, Etc.
I’m not sure which wise mentorfriend (that’s a word, right? Mentorfriend?) of mine said “You know, I heard that pastors, if they are lucky have about three sermon ideas that they just keep recycling all the time.” I’m not sure what my other two, but one of mine is definitely gratitude. I tell people that if… Continue reading How To: Plan a November Gratitude Challenge For Your Church
A couple of weeks ago an article called “Fifteen Reasons Why Your Pastor Should Not Visit Much” by Thom Rainer was circulating widely on Social Media. It has been rattling around in my mind for a few days and I’ve debated whether or not to post my own thoughts on visiting. Ultimately, I decided to… Continue reading 15 Reasons Pastors Should Visit As Much as Possible
Is it just me, or are we all on edge lately? We have a lot to be overwhelmed about. This is a very tense election season. The stakes are high. Everyone has an opinion they’re trying to boil down to 140 characters and a bumper sticker. People are talking past each other, calling each other… Continue reading When We’re All On Edge: 4 Spiritual Practices for Election Season
Where to start, where to start? I’ve been way far away from this site this summer, and many of the things that I planned to write this summer have been postponed or put on hold. Slowly, very slowly, I feel like I’m coming out of a sort of hibernation. For the past six weeks or so,… Continue reading Goodbyes, Hellos, and New Projects… What a Strange Summer it Has Been.
Yesterday, the San Antonio community came out to celebrate the life of Rev. Kelly Allen. It’s impossible to think about writing publicly about all of the thoughts in my heart and mind about her life, her death and her legacy, but some folks who were at the memorial service asked for me to post… Continue reading Remembering Kelly Allen: The Hebrew Midwives
I’m speaking about faith practices and families this week at Mo Ranch in Hunt, Texas. I’m half-way through the workshops (two down, two to go!) but one of the things that I’ve found so far is the same thing I find nearly every time I present about faith practices and children: a lot of grandmothers show… Continue reading How to Help Your Grandchildren Grow In Faith: Ideas for Grandparents
Sermon Text: 1 Kings 18:20-39 The Hebrew Scriptures of our Bible, what we call the “Old Testament” are full of what I like to call “flashy” stories. Sure, the New Testament has some pretty flashy stuff as well and Jesus being raised from the dead is the flashiest of them all, but when it comes… Continue reading Sermon Remix: Elijah and the Prophets of Ba’al
“You’re not the boss of me!” your child yells as they stick out their tongue and run away. Furious, you yell back, “How dare you talk to me like that! You little…” This pattern is nothing new. Your child has a bad habit of disrespect. It’s something you’ve been trying to nip in the bud… Continue reading The Shocking Solution to Your Child’s Disrespect: Guest Post by Nicole Schwarz
Happy Birthday, church! Today is Pentecost, the day when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit coming to the early church. To me, it’s one of the most exciting days of the church year, right up there with Easter and Christmas. It’s a huge celebration, a party. There is much to be thankful for… Continue reading The Age of the Spirit