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Is Our Leadership Stuck on Chapter 5? … or are we stuck writing the same church story? By Graham Standish How are you at writing gripping stories? Are you like me? Do you get author envy when you read great stories? While reading certain authors such as C.S. Lewis,J.R.R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling I’ve… Read more »

Sightings

Presented To A girl and a Bible   By Ken Rummer “Did you write this?” I glanced at the page. Squarish letters in black ink with variable width strokes. Just the kind I used to make with a chisel-end pen. Just the kind I inscribed on numerous baptismal certificates and wedding records over the years…. Read more »

The Church for Today

Timing Emails for More Opens Detailed data helps you improve By Richard Hong   Most of us communicate with our congregations using mass emails. If you are using MailChimp, Constant Contact, or Vertical Response, you can track your “open rate” to see how many people are reading your email. Crafting a gorgeous, information-filled message is… Read more »

Step By Step: Faithfully Seeking Climate Justice

Rising up for climate justice  Presbyterians share their thoughts from a recent climate march     On September 8, tens of thousands of people gathered in marches around the world to walk with creation and for climate justice with Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice.  Here are the stories of three Presbyterians who joined this movement.  Marching… Read more »

Sightings

The Trail An Invitation by Ken Rummer   There’s a trail I’d like to show you, the one that passes behind our place. It was part of the appeal of the property for me. For some reason, “By the High Trestle Trail” seemed like an address of some distinction. Now I get to live here…. Read more »

Hopeful Church

Leading Like Water, not Like Lava:  Is our church leadership fluid or frozen?  by N. Graham Standish   For a number of years I’ve been advising people to “lead more like water and less like lava.” Whenever I do people often look at me as dogs do when they hear a funny noise — ears… Read more »

Eyes on Christ

The economy of grace The fledglings and the squirrel By Anita Coleman    A Short Story   The economy of grace is like a wildlife friendly, suburban garden. The mourning doves’ nest was empty.  The parents and babies had just flown away.  Grace missed them.  She heard rustling sounds and found a fledgling crow trying… Read more »

Writing in the Margins

Being ‘Christ’ to one another Reflections on Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2  By Antonio ‘Tony’ Aja   This passage from Ephesians is very appropriate for the times we are living. Let me share some thoughts I picked up from an article written by John Pavlovitz, a well-known Christian activist pastor. Pavlovitz feels that the current political,… Read more »

The Church for Today

Getting to know you Your church is the people by Richard Hong   “A church is the people, not the building.” Would anyone think of this as a controversial statement? Yet we need to explore fully what this means at a practical level in our churches. Sure, a common complaint is that there are some… Read more »

Hopeful Church

  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 »