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How 2019 was the Year of Breakthrough

How 2019 was the Year of Breakthrough

Overall 2019 was a great year for myself, my church and my family.  We had our ups and downs, there were some moments where I felt humbled, embarrassed and depressed.  However, overall it was a great year and I had a number of powerful, life changing experiences....
A is for Amen

A is for Amen

When you attend a church service in most any denomination you will hear the word Amen.  This word is used many time within the context of worship; it is used after a prayer, in music, or you might even hear it while a preacher is gettin’ his or her preach on!...
One Word for 2019

One Word for 2019

I am a goal oriented person. I like to make lists of things that I want to accomplish. For a long time I had a list of 100 things that I want to do before I die. But here is the thing about goals. Unless you are diligent about them and unless you have a plan as to how...

Reflecting Upon 2018

One of the habits I have adopted the last few years is to look back at my year and reflect upon a few questions:   What went well? What did not go well? and What changes will I make this year?  This year I want to take my reflection to the next level and...

10 Apps for Ministry Leaders

As a parish pastor I have a lot going on every single day of the week.  In order to keep my life and my ministry in order I need help.  That’s why I rely on digital tools to stay on top of appointments, meetings and to do lists. I was able to take my digital...

God Loves You Like it or Not

We recently read John 3: 16 in worship.  When you think about John 3: 16 what comes to your mind?  Maybe you think of the guy in the rainbow-colored wig sitting between the uprights holding the sign painted with the world’s most famous verse. But when...

The Joy of Rotary

Three years ago when I moved to Gardner I knew I wanted to get involved with the community.  Moving here from a small town in New York I was aware of the importance of not only getting to know the people in my congregation but also the movers and shakers in the...

An Idea that Changed the World

Martin Luther changed the world with an idea.  The question that every religion asks and seeks to answer is how to we get to God.  Many of us have a relationship with God, but how do we truly know if we have a place in heaven?  In almost every case the...