Tag Archives: community

Healthy Community is where we learn to be Community

The old joke says ‘Church would be awesome if it weren’t for the people’ and amidst a hearty chuckle, we sense a twinge of truth. Community is made of up human beings just like you and me - doing the best we can with what we have.  They are places where imperfect people, those of…
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Loving our Lepers

There is an old story about St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), the founder of the Catholic order known as the Franciscans. The story goes that Francis was revolted by people with leprosy. As you may be aware, leprosy is a horrible and disfiguring disease.  While leprosy is curable today, people did suffer terribly and from…
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Healing through Love

"Hurt people, hurt people."  Have you ever heard this saying? We all can recall a time when we have been on the receiving end of a hurting person, and truth be told, there are probably a few occasions where we have been the person doing the hurting.  When we don't deal with our hurt and…
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Peacemakers vs Peacekeeping: Dealing with Conflict

Do you cringe at the thought of conflict? Do you often go to great lengths to avoid conflict at all costs? Do you tend to appease when you probably should confront? You may be a peacekeeper. There is a difference between the peacemaker and the peacekeeper. Peacekeepers will go to great lengths to avoid or…
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Oh Father – Our Right of Prayer?

There was a bit of controversy in our small country town.  One of the public elementary school's staff and students have been starting each school day by reciting the Lords Prayer - until the school administration received a letter from a mom describing herself as agnostic,  expressing concern that on two separate occasions, her sons returned home after…
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It Cuts Both Ways

"So, how did you find yourself living in Arizona?" I asked the twenty-something year old during a recent visit to the United States.   She took a deep breath and told me that she and her family are Muslim and lived in Bosnia during the war which saw the country torn apart by terrible conflict…
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A Dream of Mine

On occasion, I have been asked "Where are you coming from with I am Significant?  Is it self-help/ self-improvement? Or is it spiritual / faith stuff?  Is it for the average Joe or the pastor or the business leader?  What is it?"  I smile and say "Yes, and more!" I am coming from a place…
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The New Scorecard – Church

There is a chronic issue that is burning out pastors and church leaders all over North America.  It creates the environment for workaholism and often seriously sidelines many genuinely called and gifted ministers of the Good News.  The root of much of this toxicity has to do with the way many evaluate and judge the success or failure of Church communities. …
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Gifts,Talents, and Christian Community

Cultivating Christian community has been a wonderful journey for our Amadeo community. We have let go of some things that we think have been unhelpful to vibrant Christian community. We have picked a few of those things up again for a time and a purpose - and then laid them aside again. While this has…
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One Size Fits All Spirituality? – Ministry

As a recovering "Big Box" church pastor, I understand a lot of the challenges that face pastors. I have experienced the challenge they face to keep the church rolling, to provide a great Sunday service, and because of the size, the most efficient way to teach and minister to folks is the familiar meeting style.…
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