Monthly Archives: January 2015

Beyond Even the 21st Century

I thought this article was very poignant to the ongoing discussion of church renewal: (Andrew Bell, “Our Moment is Now #3synod15,” Called and Sent. Online available: http://calledsent.blogspot.com/2015/01/our-moment-is-now-3synod15.html?m=1). Leonard Sweet has great insights for engaging our 21st century world. A number of … Continue reading

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“Claiming Your Fish Story” a sermon on Mark 1:14-20 and Jonah 3-4

1/25/2014 Sermon on Mark 1:14-20 and Jonah 3-4 “Claiming Your Fish Story” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT Thanks to Luther Crest Bible Camp http://www.luthercrest.org

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Why I go to Breakfast Every Wednesday (or 5 Good Reasons for Small Groups and How to Start Your Own)

Some might think I spend a disproportionate amount of time with a small group of people each week when compared to the rest of the people of the congregation I serve. I suppose that would be a fair critique. I … Continue reading

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“The Word of God was rare in those days…” a sermon on 1 Samuel 3:1-20

1/18/2015 Epiphany 2 Sermon on 1 Samuel 3:1-20 “The Word of God was rare in those days…” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT

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Defining Something New…

There is nothing new about church decline.  The church in America has been in decline for decades. The denomination which I am a pastor, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) had over five million members in the late 1990s … Continue reading

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“A better word from the wilderness” a sermon on Acts 19:1-7 and Mark 1:9-12

1/11/2015 Baptism of our Lord a sermon on Acts 19:1-7 and Mark 1:9-12 “A better word from the wilderness” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT

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Ninja Pastors, Really?

I keep finding this advertisement inserted into my Facebook feed. The slogan reads, “Pastor, only because full time ninja is not an actual ministry title.”  I am not really sure what this slogan is supposed to mean. Except that I … Continue reading

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