Old-Fashioned Church

A while back our Church Consulting & Revitalization Team held a planning retreat in the Southern Indiana Amish country. Although I do not agree with much of the spiritual theology of the Amish, I have always respected them for their commitment to the “old-fashioned ways.” I believe that the modern church should strive to be […]

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Ordering Your Private World

“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed.”  Romans 12:2 (Phillips) Gordon MacDonald’s book, Ordering Your Private World, is one of the most helpful books I have ever read.  I highly commend this Thomas Nelson Publishers’ book […]

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3 Keys to Improved Worship

Have you ever thought about ways to improve worship? Much has been written on the subject recently. Allow me to share a few thoughts I’ve gleaned from my study over the last few years. 3 Keys to Improved Worship 1. God is the audience. When you hear the word audience associated with worship, what comes to […]

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5 Mistakes During Conflict

A couple of years ago I read a good book entitled Redeeming Church Conflicts: Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care. Tara Klena Barthel and David V. Edling did a great job in the book defining conflict and uncovering what the Bible says we should do when conflict arises. In the first chapter, they shared five mistakes that […]

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Birthdays Are Awesome

We just celebrated my dad’s 91st birthday! I can imagine what you’re thinking when you hear the number “91,” but you really need to picture “71.” Fortunately, my dad is in phenomenal shape. He works outside every day unless he’s fishing. He has the contract on some of the yards on his street because some […]

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Lessons from Mammoth Cave

A few years ago our family went to visit the Mammoth Cave National Park.  On our visit, we took a tour through the cave led by a young, female guide.  She made many observations throughout our descent and pointed out nuances the untrained eye would have surely missed. She asked us to be seated on […]

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Bring on the Rain

If you see me head out the door of my comfortable, dry house during a torrential downpour, you probably will think that I am BONKERS, CRAZY, CUCKOO, DERANGED, FRUITY, NUTS, SCREWY, UNGLUED…..or just plain WACKY.  But actually one of the things I look forward to most as a runner is running in the rain. Think […]

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