Don’t Miss the Wedding…or the Funeral

This past weekend I attended the wedding of one of my husband's college friends who has never been married before. We're all pushing 50, so it was super exciting to be a part of this wonderful celebration. Not only did we get to celebrate the wedding, we got to spend time with old friends. We laughed a lot. The wedding was out on the West Coast, so it pretty much ...

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Why I’m Building an Online Christian Community

For 15 years, I’ve been a small church pastor. I love knowing everyone and being invited into the most sacred moments of life—birth, baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage, illness and death. I love watching the people in the community love and serve together. It’s the best! As our culture has shifted, church on Sunday morning has become less of a priority and more of a problem. Youth sports, work schedules and the ...

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Are You a Doubting Believer?

Doubting Believer is an online, progressive and inclusive religious community of diverse followers of Christ.  Doubting Believers Seek to follow Jesus Christ Believe that everyone is welcome at the table Have lots of questions about how we should live out our faith Do not use religion as a weapon Encourage others in their faith journey Practice the new commandment--to love one another as Christ has loved us (John 13:34) Give of ourselves and our resources to help those ...

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Top 10 Excuses for Not Going to Church (with suggested responses)

This one is an oldie, but a goodie. One of those it's-funny-cause-it's-true kinda things. There are lots of reasons people don’t come to church. Some are legitimate reasons and some are simply excuses. Here are 10 of the top excuses and ways to respond. 10.   I go to brunch on Sundays.  (Here is a list of local restaurants that serve Sunday brunch until 3 p.m.) 9. Church is full of hypocrites. (And we always ...

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I’m just going to come right out and say it—I don’t care for football. I’m really not interested in who played this weekend or what the outcome of the games were. Perhaps it’s because in four years of high school, our team won one game. I attended two different colleges and one grad school—none of which had a football team. Maybe I’m turned off by all the hitting. What can ...

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Why Can’t We Be More Like The Early Church?

Acts 2:42-47 Chapter two is kind of the rah, rah, "yay, church!" chapter of the Book of Acts. The first part of Acts 2 is the story of Pentecost, which we celebrate every year in May or June. It’s the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit. It's wild and colorful and exciting and inspiring. The latter part of the chapter gives us a glimpse into the early church. The ...

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