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Bo Sanders
April 14, 2018

Church for Cynics and Fools

Week 2 of ‘5 Favorite Ideas’ is The Cynic and The Fool. It is based on a book of that title by my friend Tad Delay. [link] If you can’t make it at 9am Sunday, watch this 10 min summary to get up to speed

April 11, 2018

Waking Up To Easter

Easter is a waking up. How do you wake up an Easter people? When I was a child, my father would sometimes wake us up with an Easter song. It is called ‘Up From The Grave He Arose” and it still brings a smile to my face when I think about it. This came to […]

April 9, 2018

When does your morning begin?

When does your morning begin?

  “When does your morning begin?” was our opening question in this week’s conversation. Depending on work, kids, and age – that answer probably has an ‘AM’ behind it. For me, 5am seems early but 8am seems a luxury. What if you were to adopt an ancient Jewish perspective that your day actually begins at […]

April 9, 2018

Today’s Highlight 4.8.18

I realize that as a pastor I may have a different take-away from our gatherings … but it my estimation – one of the highlights from today was the scripture reading that used Romans and Galatians as a ‘call-and-response’. I thought it would nice to post it here so that you can return it this […]

April 6, 2018

Why Do Church This Way?

Why Do Church This Way?

Sunday at 9am I want to put a series of ideas in front on you and brainstorm them together. Update: podcast audio here http://vermonthillsumc.org/podcast/why-do-church-this-way/ I am working on a clear way to present ‘Church 2.0’  or ‘ChurchNext’. We will start with some history about different ways the church has looked in different eras. During the middle-ages […]

April 5, 2018

Five Favorite Ideas

From April 8 – May 6 Sunday School is going to become a workshop and think-tank. I am bringing 5 of my favorite ideas to see how they might look at Vermont Hills. The first idea is ‘ChurchNext’. We are going through something in the 21st century that is even bigger than the Protestant Reformation […]

April 3, 2018

Easter Fools Sermon

This past weekend was a rare event where both Easter and April Fool’s fall on the same day. This happens approximately every 67 years – so it will happen once in my life time.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!  Here is my sermon from this past Sunday : _________________ If you don’t […]

March 9, 2018

Bo’s Blog: Embodied Wisdom

You have a wisdom deep inside of you that you might not even know how to access. I want to introduce (or remind) you to an amazing concept: phronesis Here is a ‘7 min sermon’ on the idea and a short explanation below. I love this concept so much. An interesting way to access it […]

March 3, 2018

Changes To Church

Earlier this month I responded to a survey being done by a grad student about new worship communities and churches in revitalization. Below are some of my responses to the 3 questions – and here is a 10 min video with some pictures spliced for illustration. 1.What innovative practices set your faith community apart? Vermont […]

January 23, 2018

Conversation in Church and Culture

I had an epiphany a couple of weeks ago. Literally every single thing that we do as a church is conversational: Bible Study Sunday School Small Groups Books Groups Committee Meetings Potlucks In fact, this is the case with all churches … and then come the Sunday morning worship service. That seems really odd to […]

October 3, 2017

Bo’s Beliefs

I want to thank everyone for all the support as I transfer in my ordination. I thought that some of you might be interested in the process. I know this is heady and nerdy but in case anyone is interested, I had to type of my ‘statement of beliefs’.  Here they are so far … […]

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