Monthly Archives: August 2007

When is a church not a congregation?

A statement that many find challenging is one that says, “a congregation, while a legitimate expression of church, is not equivalent to it.” (see The Hidden Lives of Congregations) So, here’s a riddle: When is a congregation not a church? … Continue reading

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Interesting places

Tomorrow marks the official “back to school” mark for me with the requisite faculty “retreat” (that in quotes as there’s nothing akin to a retreat about it. Let’s all just admit that it’s work-related, therefore work). So, summer is officially … Continue reading

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About Mother Teresa and Other Saints

Fall in Virginia is quite a different matter from the same season in New York or Oregon, the other two places in which I have experienced its bittersweet mingling of pulsating life and coming death.  It has always been my … Continue reading

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Coffee, Caffeine, and Listening

The following is from the book Myths: Fact and Fiction about Teaching and Learning by Israel Galindo. How well do you know fact from fiction? MYTH: The reason why coffee is such a popular morning beverage is because of the … Continue reading

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The Good Ole Days

Remember the good ole days? As a young lad growing up as a sand-lapper in Beaufort, SC I have fond memories of mosquitoes, Spanish moss, red bugs, marshlands, and even that strange Gullah dialect that was embedded in the people … Continue reading

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Welcoming the Stranger

Can you recall a recent time in your life when you felt out of place or lost in a particular environment? We all have experienced this feeling in our lives. Perhaps, the last time you began a new job you … Continue reading

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Random thoughts for Thursday

I try to blog every other week while some of my colleagues are more faithful in their writing. In this week’s post, I thought I would write on stewardship (I know that is a dirty word in some churches) but … Continue reading

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But wait! There’s more!

I’m a fan of late night infomercials. Given that I’m an insomniac that shouldn’t be a surprise. I got hooked when I saw the first Pocket Fisherman infomercial by Ronco, an early (and still popular) product from Ron Popeil (more, … Continue reading

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Church, congregations, and rethinking community

Here’s a site that contains some of my favorite things to talk about: congregations, systems, and design. First take some time to study the concept behind the graphic design of “this is not a church” by Steve Collins. This is … Continue reading

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