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Happy Zombie Jesus Day!. Cudos to Central Christian Church in Columbus, GA for the attention getting leap to get non-Christians to think about Easter. Being a zombie movie fan and all the zombie hype right now, proper church people will be offended. People not in church will wonder if resurrection is different from being a […]






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Now don’t get me wrong. I love band led worship that can rock the house. I also have a very deep snarky streak that loves good satire. This clip is just brilliant and is in the style of DaVinci’s Notebook satire of boy bands, Title of the Song. Like anything, Emergent/Pomo/Alternative worship can become just […]






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Finally, back in the groove and starting the year with a new podcast. It follows up on a post from last year about the Crystal Cathedral going bankrupt and being sold after being one of the Boomer flagships of the megachurch movement. Now its dead and people are fighting over the corpse. Its sad in […]






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I am The Woman at The Well: Is Jesus Anti-Gay?. I was looking for some clip art on google for the biblical story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well and I found this blog called I Am The Woman at the Well by pastor Pamela Donnan. She is a pastor back in […]






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17 Signs Of A Fast Growing Church | Brian Dodd On Leadership. Living in the Lutheran tribe, with a 500 year history and serving in a congregation that has been around for over 100 years, I’m not exactly living ministry in the fast growth track. When I read this article it got me thinking. There […]






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toledoblade.com — The Blade ~ Toledo Ohio. My friend, Tom Schaeffer, our synod’s new mission start, Threshold made the front page of The Toledo Blade. For many folks outside the denominational tribes, Threshold may not seem that new. For a denominational endorsed new congregation, its positively radical and risky. We Lutherans tend to get caught […]






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Well, I finally sat down and got a podcast out. Its my reflections on how Christians have this tendency to separate people out as the right sort and wrong sort, saints and sinners, saved and fallen, and then keep to themselves. Its this strange twist that forgets that Jesus hung around the social outcasts, not […]






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In working on my sermon for this weekend, the gospel reading is Luke 15:1-10 and the part that jumped out at me was the accusation levelled at Jesus that he welcomed sinners and ate with them. His response was that heaven celebrates when the lost is found, when the 99 are left to fend for […]






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As I mentioned in Podcast #40, I’m going to do a featured congregation with every podcast. In light of all my wanderings, I have found that there are some congregations out there that are deliberate about being engaged with our emerging culture without it going to their heads. In the whole postmodern/emergent church movement, some […]






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