Sinner!

(Editor’s Note: This had originally been intended to be a video series, but time constraints have forced us back to the standard issue written blog. Perhaps later posts will be video, but for now apologies to all those who had hopes of seeing this set to film.) When I was in college, I switched majors from music education to religious studies. My music education friends just couldn’t understand thi…

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Make Like a Tree: Roots

This is the first post in a 5-post series entitled, “Make Like a Tree.” Feel free to check out each of the posts! One of the biggest struggles I have working with people is making sure that we’re all on the same page with the amount of effort that we think our task is going to take. This is equally true if the project is painting a bedroom or working through a season of depression. We’ve probably all see…

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Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die

I know, I know. Not the cheeriest title to start the New Year with, huh? But we here at the Westminster Blog wanted to start the new year thinking about fresh starts, about clearing the slate, about making things as they ought to be. For me, this means looking hard at resurrection. Resurrection is bringing life from death. Resurrection is about putting the old way of doing things behind us, and…

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Sharing Stories

A few weeks ago those of you who joined us in worship got to hear from some amazing students that I have the privilege of working with in our confirmation class. We call our confirmation class here at Westminster Storyline for two major reasons: 1) The convention Ed and I go to every year gave away a ton of free graphics with the storyline title a few years ago, and more importantly 2) stories…

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Why do we pray?

People’s questions about prayer are often about “how do I pray?” What techniques can I use to make my prayer time more meaningful? A better first question is “why do I pray?” All of the instructions and techniques are of little value until we wrestle with why we pray in the first place. If we only explore the how and not the why we will have another thing that we can do but little understanding of the re…

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