Me and Congregational Vitality

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At our Annual Conference today, I was appointed to the Conference Office as the Director of Congregational Vitality. The most common question I get when I tell people this is, “What will you be doing?” That is a very long and complicated answer. I will try to boil it down for now, and will be writing more about this in the months ahead…

Lance Ordination

On Monday, I was honored to be a sponsoring elder for my friend, Lance, at his ordination service. The ordination service is one of the most moving services in all of Christendom, and I was honored to be a part of it. Congratulations, Lance, and may God bless your continued ministry.

Prayer and God are Both in Schools

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I have seen many people write on their Facebook pages something to the effect of, “We need to put God back in our Schools.” This is a reference to our present suffering seemingly as a result of removing prayer from school. While I am excited that so many people value prayer and our relationship with God as a people, I am troubled by the premise of this theological thinking for at least two reasons.

Veterans Day Worship Planning

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I know this is too late to help anyone this year, but it’s not too early to gather resources for next year :).

First, I thought I would share that the proper grammar for this day is “Veterans Day” without an apostrophe. According to the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs, “Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an “s” at the end of “veterans” because it is not a day that “belongs” to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.” I’m certain that I have been writing that incorrectly for years!

Secondly, I wanted to share that the General Board of Discipleship website has a page about Veterans Day in Worship. It is complete with the history of Veteran’s Day, suggested hymns, liturgy, and the following suggestions: