15. Practices, Acts, and Doings

While surfing the web, I came across some reflections about the Five Practices on a blog called ìCome to the Watersî by a United Methodist layman, John Meunier. I donít know John, but I found his thoughts helpful. He describes how the emphasis on practices ìputs the focus on things to do, not things to be.î […]

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160. Life

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) I’ve often considered this one of Jesus’ most important teachings, and I’ve spent years trying to understand it. What does Jesus mean by life? Obviously, life for Jesus means more than physical life, the heart pumping blood through the body and the […]

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34. Myriad Expressions of Ministry

This past Saturday, more than 70 lay ministers gathered from across the state of Missouri at our Conference Center in Columbia (in the 7 degree weather!) for a day of training.  I was asked to teach on the Five Practices, and enjoyed a couple hours of conversation and engagement about local church ministry. What a […]

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