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  Are we yelling too much? How to train church leaders effectively by Graham Standish  I used to get yelled at a lot. Anyone who’s ever played sports has gotten yelled at, but I felt like coaches yelled at me more than most. Someone once told me that it’s when coaches stop yelling that you… Read more »

Sightings

Silence as praise The sound of no hands clapping by Ken Rummer     When the music ended, nobody clapped. I was the guest violin soloist for a performance with the high school concert band in the next town. It was their winter concert, to a full house. We were playing music by John Williams,… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

God’s provident hand A Revised Common Lectionary resource for July 29 by Magdalena I. García Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. – John 6:11 Read the full lectionary passage here God of Abundance,… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Rest for a while A Revised Common Lectionary resource for July 22 by Magdalena I. García He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. – Mark 6:31 Read the full lectionary passage… Read more »

The Church for Today

Church growth: Connect, not attract Understanding ‘why’ before ‘what’ by Richard Hong   Too often we hear about something that is successful for another church and, when we look into it, our immediate thought is “that won’t work here.” We often reject what it is before understanding why it works. Why it works is about… Read more »

Gospel and Inclusivity

Remembering Honestly The truth behind our patriotic holidays by Samuel Son I attended two different churches on the Sunday before July 4th. They incorporated the holiday differently in their worship. One church had each military division carry their respective flags to the stage while the orchestra and the men’s choir played a rousing tune. Then… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Deadly consequences A Revised Common Lectionary resource for July 15 by Magdalena I. García She went out and said to her mother, ‘What should I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the baptizer.’ – Mark 6:24 Read the full lectionary passage here Blessed are we when we resist the urge to silence those… Read more »

Sightings

Drawing with smoke Skywriting and other short-lived arts by Ken Rummer   The line is thin and gray, and loopy in an old-fashioned, cursive way. I notice it, quite by chance, through the glass of the sliding door to the deck, and it draws me to the pane for a closer look.  An elegant, gently… Read more »

The B-Flat Christian

The Brave Warriors of the Little Rock Nine The struggle to end school segregation in 1957 and today by Rebecca Lister Armed guards in schools to protect children from violence…who would imagine it?  It happened in 1957. Several months ago, I heard an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” that still stays with me. The interview… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Travel light A Revised Common Lectionary resource for July 8 by Magdalena I. García He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. – Mark 6:8-9 Read the full lectionary passage here… Read more »