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“Responsive Design” and Why Your Church Site Needs It

Over half of all webpages are now accessed by people on their SMARTPHONES. That  simple fact has profound implications for anyone building or managing a church website. What does your church website look like on an iPhone? If you don’t … Continue reading

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Ending the “Interim” -Quitting My Church Job

Working on staff in certain churches, and with certain people, can be a soul-bruising experience. Early in 2015, after 18 months on the job, I abruptly resigned my “interim” position as pastor for children, youth and family in a Bradenton area … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Atheism & Faith: Miracles and Belittling

The following is part of a series of thoughts on atheism and faith. An atheist relative of mine likes to belittle belief in miracles and God. More annoyingly, he slips his “guffaws” into our conversations from time to time, knowing I am a … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Atheism and Faith: Creation & Creationism

I’m always surprised when an atheist thinks I’m a “creationist” because I’m a Christian. Can’t blame them too much.  Polls say just under half of Americans have creationist views.*  Personally, it’s embarrassing to be lumped in with those spouting ignorant … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Atheism and Faith: Stats!

Survey Says:  Number of atheists growing!  Number of believers/church-goers shrinking! The Snake gave it to me! In my experience, some people gleefully point out the decline in church affiliation, and smirk at problems in The Church, as confirmation of their … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Atheism and Faith: Who’s there?

I believe that sometimes I actually “talk” with God, not just “at” God.* I believe that I have heard his “voice” in my head. –I’ve heard his voice speaking in something like words, and usually quite more than words, in my … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Atheism and Faith: The Problem of Evil

Atheists are quick to point out the existence of evil as proof of the non-existence of a loving God, if any God at all. The short argument goes like this: “If God is good, why would he allow babies to die?” It’s … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Atheism and Faith: Church

If the morality and conduct of believers was the proof of any belief system,  then even atheists would be unbelievable. Belief and hypocrisy are part of the human condition. Yes, dear atheist friend,  people acting in the name of God … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Atheism and Faith: Truth

Truth is not reason. It is not a proof or a fact. I can’t prove God anymore than I could disprove God. Truth is simply something you know, for whatever reason, or for no reason at all, and would stake your … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Faith and Atheism: God’s Voice

Why God speaks more loudly to some, is a great mystery beyond words. And I believe he even speaks to and through atheists. Doubt and doubters have their role to play in keeping the conversation going, and God seems to … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Faith and Atheism: The Sun

Faith is like trying to describe the sun to someone who has lived their whole life underground. Until they get to the surface themselves and have their eyes opened, the sun is obviously a fairy tale. Where Christians get it wrong, however, … Continue reading

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Teaching Paul to Children in Sunday School

Scripture selections, Lesson ideas, and Software suggestions from (Rev.) Neil MacQueen, www.sundaysoftware.com The life and teaching of the Apostle Paul often get scant attention in Sunday School curriculum, and it’s no secret why: TIME: Most Sunday Schools don’t get around to teaching … Continue reading

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