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Jarrod Johnston
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Pastoring in the Next Methodism
Over the last few weeks we’ve seen a new trend in the UMC blogosphere, a fun thought exercise dubbed “The Next Methodism.”  Pastors, professors, and laity have been offering their hopes and dreams for the United Methodist Church, which usually entails getti...

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My Talking Couches
These are my talking couches.  They don’t talk … But they are where people talk to me.  Without fail.  If I sit down on these couches, I have to be prepared to get nothing I planned to do done … Except for talking to people.  I’ve written about these couche...

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Tell Me Your (Mid)Wife Story
One of the things that I get to do at Union Coffee is help to coordinate the Naked Stage – Union’s almost-every-Friday storytelling experience where people are invited to tell their real story – without notes, props, or screens.  In other words, naked.  I’v...

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Boundary Breaking Stories from Union, #1
I've had Reality, Grief, Hope by Walter Brueggemann on my reading list for several months now.  I've had the copy out numerous time, even highlighting a few things in the first chapter.  It's been in my work bag for the last three weeks, in hopes that durin...

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Grace Like Fireworks
Sunday night we took our kids to see fireworks for the very first time.  In fact, it was the first time that my wife and I had been to see fireworks since before the birth of our son ... Some four-and-a-half years ago. We set out, three hours before the sho...

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Worship Series: The Hospitality of Jesus
This worship series is one of a set written from mid-Summer to the end of RCL Year C in November. Notes are sparse, but I'm hopeful that it's helpful to pastors during a season of the year that can be ... Dry.  Ordinary time, which we are in the midst of, c...

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Worship Series: The Hospitality of Jesus
This worship series is one of a set written from mid-Summer to the end of RCL Year C in November. Notes are sparse, but I'm hopeful that it's helpful to pastors during a season of the year that can be ... Dry.  Ordinary time, which we are in the midst of, c...

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For the Liturgy Nerds: Worship Series through November
My Dear Liturgy Nerds, One of the final 'gifts' my senior pastor at FUMCA asked me to give him before starting my new appointment were worship series to get the church through the end of the year.  I took the task as a gift to myself more than anything else...
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