At our Annual Conference today, I was appointed to the Conference Office as the Director of Congregational Vitality. The most common question I get when I tell people this is, “What will you be doing?” That is a very long and complicated answer. I will try to boil it down for now, and will be writing more about this in the months ahead…
I live in a decidedly Republican area. How Republican? The church I serve is a polling place, so I can tell you: 1063 votes for Romney, 133 votes for Obama. I would break down the elections for other positions, but in all but a couple of cases, republicans ran unopposed. Democrats know better than to even try. With such an overwhelming Republican base, I often hear the question, “How can a Christian be a Democrat?” Kristen, of Rage Against the Minivan, offers a well spoken explanation of why she voted with the Democratic Party. Hopefully, this glimpse into the thinking of Democratic Christians will help lead to understanding, if not agreement. Read her full article here.
Three years ago, I wrote a post titled, “Housing Allowance: Buy or Rent?” We bought. Now we are moving to a new church and we are faced with a follow-up question: Sell or Rent? We are leaning toward renting our house out. Here are some of the things we have been thinking through:
I ate lunch at a Chinese restaurant a few weeks ago with a group of fellow pastors. The conversation was mostly about guessing which pastors would be moving to which churches. I listened intently because I am moving this year. I did not learn anything about where I might be going, but my fortune cookie offered some interesting advice:
I have a seven and a three year old. They love TV. We pay close attention to what they are watching, though, because some shows that are geared for kids are quite inappropriate. Today, I have gone through and listed some shows that I like and some that I do not like. Click on the first picture and then click on the right side of each picture to advance to the next one to see my opinion of each:
I got a Kindle for my birthday! A Kindle is a digital book reader. It connects you to Amazon, where you can buy books, and it automatically downloads them in seconds. So, with my Kindle in hand, I went to the lake, and spent a good part of the day reading in a hammock. I stopped reading only to play with Cindy and the kids in the pool and grill steaks. I had a ribeye. What a wonderful birthday. The Kindle is cool. The first two books I bought (get ready to roll your eyes): A Time to Sow and A Time to Harvest, they were the next books in the Star Trek, Next Generation series that I have been reading off and on. As I read these books
Razor blades were found taped to playground equipment this morning at a park in Columbus, GA. An alert mother caught them before anyone was hurt. This is most likely an isolated event, but I know I will check our playgrounds out before letting my kids rush out to play. Wanted to let other parents out there know, especially those in our area. Here’s the story.
I admit that I am feeling some despair at the disaster approaching the gulf coast. I am from the Florida Pan Handle, and love that area dearly. It saddens me to know that the area is at risk. So, with the help of Photoshop, I made my own Despair poster using a picture off of the AP wire. It is one that plays on words a little, but I do not think it is funny:
I have been thinking about the word point lately. It has many uses: For Travellers: Point me in the right direction. For Concentrators: I am focused to a sharp point. For Ball Players: I scored a point! For Brokers: The DOW dropped 50 points. For Type A Personalities: That’s a pointed question. For Judges: Is that your point of view? For Mathematicians: Π (Pi) is 3 point 14. For Pastors: Many sermons have 3 points. For Military: I’ll take the rear, you take point. For Hunters: I have an eight-pointer mounted on the wall. For Editors: This post is in 12 point font. For Tweeters: Short and to the point. For People Reading This: What’s the point? The point of this post is to share with you one of my favorite