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A Song for My Ordination.

A Song for My Ordination.

Someone wrote me a song as a gift for my ordination. Two songs. Best. Gift. Ever. You can hear the songs and the sermon / call story that inspired them via the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church podcast ministry. On Sunday morning at Hennepin Avenue, in anticipation of being ordained a full elder in the … Continue reading

Pay Attention to the Public Ten.

Pay Attention to the Public Ten.

Last week I made my first blog post in a long while (yeah, yeah, I know) about why I am ignoring the allegedly “more than eight” pastors and theologians who call for an “amicable separation” within the United Methodist Church over differences of understanding human sexuality. This week is a new story, a new companion … Continue reading

Ignore the Anonymous Eighty.

Ignore the Anonymous Eighty.

“More than eighty pastors and theologians” do not deserve my attention. That’s whom has allegedly signed to / crafted / believe in a press release calling for an “amicable separation” within the United Methodist Church over differences of understanding human sexuality. You’ll note I didn’t link to the press release and soon you’ll realize why. … Continue reading

Pastor Nate

Pastor Nate

I’ve gone one gigantic step closer to being called “Pastor Nate.” On Wednesday I received a phone call letting me know that the Board of Ordained Ministry (BoOM) for the Minnesota Annual Conference (MAC) of the United Methodist Church (UMC) has voted to approve my request to become a Provisional Elder. It is an exhaustive … Continue reading

A Closer Look #14 Greenhouses of Hope

A Closer Look #14 Greenhouses of Hope

Today I have a review of Greenhouses of Hope: Congregations Growing Young Leaders Who Will Change the World edited by Dori Grinenko Baker, a collection of essays depicting various special – and powerful – ministries in congregations that might give one hope in up-and-coming young leadership. You can also read, rate, and comment on my review … Continue reading

Please Help Simpson Shelter With Your Vote.

Please Help Simpson Shelter With Your Vote.

You can help a homeless shelter win a $25,000 kitchen makeover with a few clicks. Simpson Shelter’s work is important to so many men and women. Will you please help? The Family Handyman magazine and IKEA are co-sponsoring a contest called “Rescue Remodel” running through March 30 to award one community organization an IKEA kitchen makeover … Continue reading

Sorry, God, That’s Not Our Policy.

Sorry, God, That’s Not Our Policy.

This morning I read a news story explaining that the pastor from the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in Newton, CT had to issue an apology to the LCMS president for participating in a prayer vigil two days after the murder of innocent adults and children because leaders of other faith traditions also participated. Here’s … Continue reading

Chuck Knows Church Is Awesome.

Chuck Knows Church Is Awesome.

One of the stumbling blocks to persons unfamiliar with church trying church is, well, being unfamiliar with church. It’s hard to feel at ease when there’s a bunch of stuff one doesn’t understand. There are a lot of reasons why people claim themselves as “spiritual but not religious,” a way of saying there’s at least … Continue reading

Your Friday Recommendation #36

Some of the teenagers in my youth group have been coming together for a year to perform in short videos that satirize The Office. Rather than an annoying boss who disrupts an office setting, our videos feature an annoying youth director who disrupts his youth group. Writing the script is always an exercise in excruciating … Continue reading