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January 15, 2017 Building the Church

Back in my seminary days a professor asked our class this question – how do you build a church? We knew, of course, that he wasn’t asking how to construct a church building. We assumed he was asking how to build a church in terms of membership, attendance, budget, activities, programs, and ministries. We gave […]

August 23, 2015 – The Church Has Left the Building


August 23, 2015 Luke 5:27-39 When Tanya and I were traveling through parts of Europe during my sabbatical we visited a lot of churches, and I was very curious about the churches in Europe. Would we find church attendance to be as poor as is often claimed? This is the first church we visited, St. […]

December 28, 2014 Being Honest About Ourselves


What is the most common criticism leveled at churches? That churches are full of hypocrites. Who hasn’t heard this criticism? And who are these hypocrites, I want to ask. It’s such a generic criticism that I would like to ask can the accusers provide a list of names? Calling someone a hypocrite is a very […]

November 2, 2014 The Stewardship of Our Church


November 2, 2014 Acts 5:33-42 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35 Then he […]