Monthly Archives: November 2010

Weeping may tarry for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5b

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The Rev. Dr. Robert Moore presents to the Metro Houston Ministerium

Robert presented on a New Testament survey tool: http://www.introducingNT.com, and the accompanying book by Mark Alan Powell. It is written as a college course, but many congregations have well-educated, biblically-astute leaders who would enjoy going deeper. He also recommended several … Continue reading

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A New Jersey pastor is telling his married church leaders to delete Facebook or resign.

Astute reader Gary Tamburello passed this important news on. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40235085/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/from/toolbar

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Global Mission and Malaria

I’m getting the sense that the ELCA global mission strategy has five big rocks: 1. Companion synod relationships and support. 2. Sending of missionaries and YAGMs (Young Adults in Global Mission) 3. World Hunger Appeal 4. AIDS/Malaria Initiative 5. Disaster … Continue reading

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Rodney Stark

The secular religious historian and sociologist Rodney Stark was interviewed about his research on ancient Christianity and American religious movements. He was asked to explain the different trends experienced by different branches of 20th century American Christianity. He said, “You’ve … Continue reading

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Region IV Global Mission Consultation

I’m at the Region IV Global Mission Consultation. The purpose is to brainstorm and strengthen our global partnerships. Each of the six synods in Region IV has one or two Lutheran synod elsewhere in the world. 1. Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod – … Continue reading

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Another man likely wrongfully executed

Hair casts doubt on executed man’s guilt New DNA tests show it likely wasn’t his, but the victim’s instead By ALLAN TURNER, CINDY HORSWELL and MIKE TOLSON HOUSTON CHRONICLE Nov. 12, 2010, 12:10AM Pat Sullivan Associated Press This photo shows … Continue reading

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Secret worshipper review of Zion Houston

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The church does not lobby

A speaker at the National Council of Churches pointed out the difference between advocacy and lobbying. Lobbying is exerting influence on behalf of those with power and money. Advocacy is exerting influence on behalf of those without power and money. … Continue reading

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“When our days become dreary with low hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yes terdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards jus tice.” — Where Do We Go From Here? – Martin Luther King Jr.

Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches reflects on the road to Emmaus. Show hospitality to strangers. Be prepared to have the Scriptures interpreted in unexpected ways. Expect Christ to be present in the breaking of the … Continue reading

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