On Guest Speaking

So I’m getting to guest speak/teach a bit more often these days (most recently last night at TNL, an amazingly wonderful group of people).  For some, adding any outside speaking to what they already do may be a drain.  For me, it’s positively invigorating.  I love experiencing new congregations and…

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The Morning after Easter… With Lots of Gratitude

Thanksgiving this past year (2010) was a super-delightful time in the Arndt household.  We weren’t able to make it home to ol’ Wisconsin, so we stayed here and enjoyed the day with a handful of Bloom friends who made the day really special. The next day, as has become our…

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Maundy Thursday: Beyond the “Golden Rule”?

Today is Maundy Thursday.  So-called because of the new “mandate” that Jesus gives his disciples just hours before his death, at the Last Supper.  Surely you remember the scene.  Dinner is served, and when it is finished, Jesus, as John says, “Having loved his own who were in the world,…

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The craft of preaching

Up late tonight, thinking about the craft of preaching… obsessing a bit over the, well, “craft” is the best word for it.  Dang I love preaching.  And it is indeed a craft.  A habit of the mind, and heart, and tongue.  An art form.  And man, when it’s at its…

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Joy, joy, joy…

Meditating on Psalm 81 this morning… some highlights: “Sing for joy to God our strength” (v1) “I removed the burden from their shoulders” (v6) “In your distress you called and I answered you” (v7) “Open wide your mouth and I will fill it” (v10) With honey from the rock I…

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When the Lights Go Out

One of things that causes me a bit of angst as a pastor is how infrequently we get to gather together as a community (once a week), and how infrequently I get to see everyone (not everyone comes every week… duh).  And then when we DO gather, we have this…

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