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Communal Worship as celebration of spiritual growth

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I gave a brief description of aspects of this line of thought on Sunday evening, but here is a post that lays it out in written words. The idea is that too many people come to Sunday worship with their spiritual batteries too low for an effective recharge that can last a whole week. It is better that people come as wells of living water, not as dried up cisterns. How fair is it if the majority arrive dried out like that and then expect the worship leaders and pastors to ‘fill them to overflowing’? It is not.

Here is the post: http://wp.me/P3etrg-g6

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Relational theology creating dissonance for Doctrinalists

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Well, I’m not going to promise my brain a week off from having to write a blog post. Because instead of taking a break I’ve been overflowing with new thoughts, and now have produced a second one for the week.

This one is very crucial and timely, so I chose not to wait with it (I could have just saved it and published it next week, but it is relevant to some discussions we had at council, for instance, so I did not want too much time to pass. I believe it explains some of why some people have some trouble relating to and understanding my preaching style.

Here it is: http://wp.me/P3etrg-f3

Power needs to be accountable

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It was a year ago this week that I first arrived in Nobleford. I did not start work until a few weeks later, but time sure has flown by. Much has begun to be done, by God’s grace, and much remains to be done. We are on an interesting journey.

I continue to trust the process we are following, and am convinced that God is at work in and through it.

This week my thoughts turned to how some people regularly refuse to take leadership positions yet do their best to wield power anyway, often with a poor effect. Here is the post: http://wp.me/P3etrg-dz

Faith begins by letting go.

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Today’s reflection grew from something I read last week and was thinking about a lot, especially on Sunday. It is about the art of discerning what is truly essential to a church’s practice and what is ‘layer.

For a printable edition (pdf) of this blog posting, click this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xtjxomt0csy01hg/The%20Trauma%20of%20losing%20that%20which%20we%20believe%20we%20cannot%20live%20without%20in%20the%20church.pdf