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Todd Bergman
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Is the United Methodist Itinerant System Broken?
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is my opinion and reflection on something that I made a commitment
to. In May of 2002, I stood before the Bishop of the Oklahoma Annual
Conference and the gathered members and family. In that particular
worship service, I made a vow to uphold the itine...
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Ready, Player One?
Ready Player One
movie review Ready Player One is
one of my favorite novels for entertainment factor. When the movie
was announced, I was only vaguely interested. The book was going to
be challenging to interpret into a movie form. The book depicts a
future...
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Ministry diagram for focus
As I was rebuilding my understanding of calling after my breakdown, I had to take it piece by piece. I returned to my original passage of scripture that I feel is my calling. Ephesians 4:11-13 11  And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some...
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Would Jesus really ask it of us?
While I was sitting in morning meditation, preparing for the Sunday busyness, I was struck by a thought. Was it God? I'll let you judge. But if it was God's voice speaking, let me caution you, dear reader: don't listen to it  - God will only get you into tr...
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Review: Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Academic through the Baker Academic Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not
required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance
with the Federal Trade C...
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An Attack on Traditional Christian Values
This is a reaction opinion to an opinion piece from the Liberal, Kansas Leader and Times. The author, Larry Phillips, has submitted many such writings. I have found very little that is agreeable with his content or approach. But this writing was clearly the...
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Rainer on becoming a more welcoming church
Notes for future reference regarding a community welcoming church: https://thomrainer.com/2018/03/seven-potentially-deadly-church-sicknesses/ Attitudinal Angst : a church illness where church
members are most focused on getting their own desires and prefer...
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A Glorious Death
I was reading the Lectionary passages for this week (Lent 5B). The Gospel reading is John 12:20-33. Jesus is approached by some Greek seekers. Jesus speaks of his impending death, according the writer/editor. But the theme that develops in that conversation...
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My answers to the frequently asked questions a pastor receives
For
anyone who may end up reading this, wondering how to deal with me as
a pastor, here are some of the answers you will be wanting to know. What
do we call you? Pastor, preacher, brother, Hey You? What
you call a pastor depends on your background and tradi...
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