Archive for October, 2012

A Simple Misunderstanding?

One of my favorite Christmas movies is Home Alone.  Kevin McAllister lives in a posh Chicago suburb with his large family.  He lives next door to an old man who is obviously all alone.  Kevin’s brother and cousin stare out the window late one night and talk about the old man who is shoveling salt […]

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Belief is Not Enough

I heard a guy the other day in a casual conversation say, “Of course I believe in God…”  His statement got me thinking.  There are probably a ton of people who would agree with that statement.  In fact, as a culture we have been conditioned to assent to the idea of a higher power.  But […]

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Murdering Churches

On a nice, “cool” October Wednesday morning, I’m thinking of churches.  Existing churches.  Churches that have plateaued in their growth.  Churches that have begun the slow decline to death.  And there are some things that immediately come to mind: Churches were never supposed to die. There are no natural causes of church death. The local […]

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Wanna Know My Political Stance?

Religion and politics.  There are just some things that you don’t bring up at family get togethers.  Why?  Because everyone has an opinion, and those opinions can carry a lot of emotion.   With the presidential election less than a month away, I’ve been asked recently about where I stand politically and I have refused to […]

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Wake me up…

“…when September ends.”  Great words to a song.  Well, everyone should be awake by now.  Crazy how fast a month can disappear.  Just four weeks ago we were celebrating the launch of our 3rd year of doing ministry together as The Church at Oak Level in West Orange County.  Today, we are leaning towards a […]

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