Sunday, April 8, 2012
Eclectic Echoes -- New Life Edition
I hope you have all had a blessed Easter!! It's been a very busy year thus far for the Clontz clan. I'm somewhat settled in Birmingham and Craig and I are now a part of a new demographic, LAT (Living Apart Together). I've finished my first 90 days as Superintendent of the Cheaha District and on Palm Sunday I preached my last sermon at Trinity. It was hard saying goodbye to that wonderful congregation! But I am very much enjoying getting to know the pastors and congregations of the Cheaha District. And hopefully I'll be able to take up blogging once again. So to get started here are a few of the interesting things I've read over the past week.
THOUGHTS ON FAITH AND LIFE
What Wine Means at Passover and Easter (love the wine suggestions!)
What Christians Can Learn from Captain Kirk
Where Am I? The Middle Class Crisis of Place
What's Real About the Rapture?
I'm A Bible-Thumping Progressive Christian
Advanced Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
Holy Week and Consumerism
For the Hurting on Easter
What I Learned About To-Do Lists from my Eight-Year-Old Son
John Wesley Gets In My Face
Now You See It
REFLECTIONS ON CHURCH
Christianity in Crisis
and in response Christianity in Crisis?
An Uncreative Process
Congregations Gone Wild
Just a Spoonful: Why Congregations Can't Just Get By
Raising the Bar
Engage Your Congregation with Visual Worship
The Mainline and Me
All For Nought
What's Killing Our Congregations
FROM NORTH ALABAMA
Cabinet Announces First Round of Appointments
God Shows No Partiality
Will General Conference Foster Expanded Ministry For Women?
4 Good Things About the Call to Action
REFLECTIONS ON LEADERSHIP
Failing to Learn
9 Things Successful People Do Differently
12 Things A Leader Simply Cannot Do
Are You Stuck In the Middle?
The Problem Behind The Problem
OTHER INTERESTING STUFF
19 Regional Words All Americans Should Adopt Immediately
The Best Damned Film List of Them All
10 Celebs Doing the Vulcan Salute
10 Things to Do After You Are Immortalized in a Wax Museum
WOMEN IN MINISTRY
From Asbury Theological Seminary's 7 Minute Seminary series
JUST FOR FUN
SPOILER WARNING!! If you haven't read the book or seen the movie, you may want to skip this!