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Waking up the Church

I have a friend who is Pastor of a big Church. He says it “sleeps” 700. This is a sadly common description of many Catholic congregations: asleep.  I know that description fit this Church was not so long ago.   Churches that need waking up have prevailing cultures of detachment and shallow commitment which almost always […]

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Monday Morning Thoughts on the Weekend

In this weekend’s message we reflected on John 6 where Jesus lays out some pretty heavy teaching and then watches as many of the people following him grumble and complain and eventually leave.  They quit being his disciples.  Guess what?  It hurt, it felt bad, Jesus hurt and felt bad.  Just like we do when […]

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Reflections on the weekend

From Michael I think Friday is my most difficult day, because the message has to come together by the end of the day, no more excuses. Sunday, though a marathon for us, is actually easier than Saturdays for some reason I can’t quite describe. There is a lot of energy on Sundays so maybe that’s […]

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Summer 2009

From Michael Memorial Day is the traditional start to the summer season. It usually represents the slowest season for many retail operations, including churches. Summertime usually means empty pews, weak collections, loss of energy, loss of focus…stuff like that. Nothing could be further from the truth here. I am really looking forward to this summer […]

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Looking Ahead

From Michael This week we took our annual staff retreat. I was surprised by how much work it turned out to be. We went to Avalon, New Jersey which is a beautiful place, but it was cold and rainy (actually a good thing, because no one was tempted away from our agenda). The group is […]

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Discipleship | Scripture

Christian Maturity

From Tom Maturity means taking responsibility for my life, all of it – my thoughts, my feelings, my actions and my decisions. Maturity also means recognizing what I do not control, what is not my responsibility. Christian maturity means taking responsibility for what I do control, recognizing what I don’t control and then trusting God […]

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