Where Was This When We Were Raising Kids?

by Pastor Curt on April 21, 2015
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https://vimeo.com/35959845 We start a new round of Equipping Hour classes this Sunday. I’m excited about all four offerings. I get to teach another newcomers class. You can read my blog post about that here. James Harvey will tackle the church history elective. I expect that will be a rich journey through the ages of God’s [...]

Ride or Shove

by Pastor Curt on April 18, 2015
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I read this today from Oswald Chamber’s Baffled to Fight Better: Job and the Problem of Suffering: The majority of us prefer to get up and ride rather than to “get out and shove.” It is only the people who “get out and shove” who really make things go. The men who are up against [...]

A Sorrowful But Always Rejoicing Conference

by Pastor Curt on April 15, 2015
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I’ve been to a lot of conferences in thirty plus years of pastoral ministry. Another one has gone into the books. I, along with the rest of the elders at OGC, just finished attending The Gospel Coalition’s 2015 National Conference. The theme was “Coming Home: New Heaven and New Earth.” We drank from a non-stop [...]

Top Ten List for Teaching a New Member Class

by Pastor Curt on April 11, 2015
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Not sure how many times I’ve taught Discover OGC over the years, but I get to do it again starting April 26. My excitement for the task never lessens. Here’s my own version of a top ten list as to why I look forward to teaching the same stuff every time. Number Ten: I know [...]

Not Sure I’m Ready for This

by Pastor Curt on April 4, 2015
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I pronounce a blessing over my people every Sunday. Not sure I’m ready to invoke this over myself or anyone else for that matter: May all your expectations be frustrated. May all your plans be thwarted. May all your desires be withered into nothingness. That you may experience the powerlessness and the poverty of a [...]

CT Highlights for April 2015

by Pastor Curt on April 4, 2015
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CT stands for Christianity Today magazine. I try to read it cover-to-cover each month. Though my views bend more toward the conservative end of the spectrum than its editors, I find it keeps me in touch with the state of the faith in many ways. Seems to me a pastor should make it his business [...]

Laughing at the Future?

by Pastor Curt on March 31, 2015
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It never ceases to amaze me. Reading through a passage of Scripture I’ve viewed so many times before only to find this time around something captures my attention like never before. It happened this morning as I turned to Proverbs 31 and the familiar passage about the virtuous woman who fears the Lord. Verse 25 [...]

Why Protestant Pastors Need a Sabbath

by Pastor Curt on March 23, 2015
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Apparently pastors are growing in the wrong way. This from the current issue of Christianity Today: A third of US Protestant pastors (34%) are now obese—but not because of church potlucks. According to new research by Baylor University sociologists, it’s because pastors are stressed and need to take a Sabbath. It’s especially true for bivocational [...]

Help for the Feeling Ineffective Blues

by Pastor Curt on March 18, 2015
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I get these sometimes. I suspect most leadership-types do. You struggle feeling very effective at what you do. You wonder what kind of real difference you make. You suspect you lack something significant for making a greater impact. I’ve learned over the years in pastoral ministry that evaluating effectiveness often boils down to gaining perspective [...]

Bulletin in a Bag

by Matt West on March 14, 2015
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Hopefully you know that we are making every effort to make church real and relevant for our young ones. We have had a vibrant ministry for the youth (Anchored Youth) for years, and we could not be happier with where they are going with Colby Wilkins at the helm. Before they get to that age, [...]