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Why pastors need strong healthy boundaries (will be a series of posts)

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“The pastor is called so serve God and his people, right?” the person said.

The pastor hesitantly responded with a “Yes.”

“Well then, when one of the people has a need, he should always be there to serve them, right?”

“No.”

At least that is my answer, and the answer of more and more pastors. We all will have our reasons…

Here is a link to the rest of part one of my fleshing this out: http://wp.me/P3etrg-gb

(the conversation above us a construct, not a quote)

 

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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

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

In Formation vs Information

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I have lots of thoughts and ideas rumbling around in me after Easter weekend and then a retreat. I wrote a post that puts two of them out for you to consider.

Our conference speaker Graham Standish spoke about how many churches believe that sharing information is what the sermon and church teaching is all about, and how the church needs to relearn instead the value of Spiritual formation. As he spoke about that I began to see that my approach to preaching and the shaping of worship services focuses more on the second one while you in general as a congregation might be expecting the first.

Here’s the link to the page where I explain this: http://wp.me/P3etrg-eq

 

Fair question deserving an honest answer

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I have in the past and recently been asked a question about the Catechism that I think it is worth risking an honest personal answer to, so that is what my blog posting this week is about.

You can read it by clicking here or by following this link: http://wp.me/P3etrg-6t

For a printable version, use this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3c9pf84lhnn3251/Why%20I%20and%20maybe%20others%20no%20longer%20preach%20the%20catechism%20-%20final.pdf

To hear audio of me reading the blog page, click here (it may take a minute to load). This probably works best if you have the words in front of you and follow along.

Plans are in  the works to turn these into videos to make it easier for people to access and understand what I’m trying to say.

About Dissecting Frogs and Preaching

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I used a brief version of this explanation in a sermon, but thought I’d write it out and share it here as well.

For a printable pdf file version, click this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ctg6b881lu31nmz/Frog%20dissection%20and%20preaching.pdf