Tip it Over – The Parable of the Rocking Chair

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We have a Jungle Gym in our back-yard. Yet, it’s invisible to most. If you entered our back yard, you wouldn’t see it. All you would see is a table and chairs, a few toys and a fallen over rocking chair. It has a way of falling over ever afternoon, because Norah, our 2-year-old, pushes it over so she can use it as her own personal climbing set. At first, we fought it. Norah would climb up into the seat of the chair, stand up, and start rocking–with great risk of falling over. Plus, to us, rocking chairs were for rocking.

Thankfully, one day, it blew over in a wind storm or something, and we saw her climbing on it. She loved it. Now, the rocking chair is hardly upright. It’s not a rocking chair any more. It’s a gym.

5 Ways to Prepare for Sunday Physically

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For those who preach, Sunday is the greatest of all days. I absolutely love Sundays. Despite my love for them, Sundays take an enormous amount of energy. When I began preaching, I dramatically underestimated its physical dimension. All of my energy went into preparing my soul and the sermon through study and prayer. It’s hard to […]

When Should Our Church Start Another Service?

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How do we know when our church should start another service? There are a few schools of thought on this question. One says, “when the first service doesn’t have any more room.” Here the rationale is: energy wins above all. The bigger the gathering, the more energy is present—and that is a good thing. Another […]