Month: April 2007

A story for the new header

Notice the new header?  LifeWay Threads is now our sponsor, so Outreach mag’s really great art director, Christi, did new headers for all the Outreach mag blogs.  It’s a long story about how we selected this header for Confessions of A Small-Church Pastor, but I like it. 

And, here’s where you come in — tell me what you think is the story behind the new header.   I mean, there’s a guy in an alley walking from darkness into light.  Or, is he walking from the light into darkness?  Hard to tell.  Plus, it’s confessions of a SCP, so is there something to confess?  Tell me what you think is the story and you’ll win our grand prize:  lots of thank you’s and way-to-go’s! 

Ministry to a community in grief

This past week was difficult for our community.  I live in Chatham, Virginia, about 2-hours from Blacksburg and Virginia Tech, so we were obviously affected by that tragedy.  But, on the Saturday before the VT tragedy, our town doctor died suddenly and unexpectedly.  Dr. Thompson was a member of our church, as was his physician father before him, and his pharmacist grandfather.  Monday the Virginia Tech shootings occured, and on Tuesday we had the funeral for Dr. Thompson at our church.  It was a difficult week for our community. 

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Where is God in our tragedy?

I have tried several times this week to write about the tragedy at Virginia Tech, but I could not.   Here is the sermon I am preaching tomorrow.  My prayer is that it will help. 

Finding God in the Midst of Tragedy

John 21:1-19 

Suppose everything we thought and believed got stripped away from us in one horrific event.  Suppose all the answers we thought we had to all the questions we thought people wanted answered, seemed hollow and empty.

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How we do video and post it to our website for free

Someone asked me how we do video and post it to our website.  Our “minister of media” Scott Chafee has prepared a crash course in what we do.  The best part is, Scott put this all together for zero dollars!  Now, the quality could be better, and we’re working on that.  But if you want to know how Scott makes the magic happen, click here.  You can also watch me in the convenience of your own home or office, by clicking here

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