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The church is always changing. It adjusts and adapts to cultural shifts and needs. Change is often initiated when new technology meets evolving theology. I talked about it in Why Do Church This Way? [link] or listen to the podcast audio There are two interesting notes about these changes: 1) When new developments arise, the previous form does not go away, it continues on but without its former prominence or influence. Phyllis Tickle...

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Your body is not just a suitcase that carries your soul around. Your body is not an automated shell that your brain tells what to do like a computer inside a robot. Your body informs your experience and shapes your behavior.  Much of what you think, or even believe, about the world is because of the interactions of your body.   Here is the audio podcast of this sermon: (13 min) ...

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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 [youtube...

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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 my mind as we were picking songs from Easter. We did not choose this song but it is always in the back of my mind. It became even more relevant when I started reading...

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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 it was primarily through sacrament. 500 years ago...

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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 500 years ago. Many people want to ignore it in the hopes that it will go away – others want to tweak or make slight...

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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 believe in the resurrection you are a fool. Easter fools – that is what the apostle Paul wants us to be – fools for Easter. The whole thing kind...

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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. [youtube id=”NPKnTpSi_Lc”] I love this concept so much. An interesting way to access it is by using the famous formulation of: known knowns (things we know that we know) known unknowns (things we...

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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. [youtube id=”89F6NJngc54″] 1.What innovative practices set your faith community apart? Vermont Hills UMC is attempting a hybrid expression that combines two very...

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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 me. Don’t get me wrong – I am happy that we now are 100% conversational. It makes so much sense to have...

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