The Danger of Success in the present or past

I went to a website article about 10 Reasons Why Churches do not Grow, and one line caught my eye  “The greatest enemy of your future success is your current success.”  I first heard this theme watching a Peter Drucker video back in 2001.  Peter Drucker,...

Mission and Service and True Freedom and Stewardship

I was just looking at the Mission and Service Goal-Setting form for St. Andrew’s and remembered some of my past thoughts on stewardship. One is a misunderstanding many people have about giving.  When we give to family, these are not true gifts as our family...

Reflections based on ‘We Refused to Lead a Dying Church”

I returned to We Refused to Lead A Dying Church on an impulse when looking for a devotional for the staff meeting last week, and have been rereading the stories in this book about congregations with near-death experiences. Paul Nixon, the author, set out the following...

International Women’s Day and the Church

On this International Women’s Day, here are some reflections on the history of women in the church and their experiences of equality and inequality. During his ministry, Jesus relied on financial support from a group of women.  During the first 20 to 30 years...
New Discussion Group on Vexatious Verses

New Discussion Group on Vexatious Verses

Improving weather means it might be worthwhile trying discussion groups again on Tuesday mornings at 10.  What I would like to host are discussions of vexatious verses like Luke 14:26 and Ecclesiastes 3:9 and 3:18-22.  We continue meeting in the Great Room.  If you...
More About the Milk River Trip June 22 to 24

More About the Milk River Trip June 22 to 24

Here is more information about the Milk River Trip, June 22 to 24.  The following plans are subject to negotiation. Day 1 of the proposed Milk River Trip: First encounter with an incredible landscape. Bonnie and I will leave Friday morning with our Camper Van and Car...

The Tenth Commandment and Society Today

I appreciated Tom’s messaged March 4 about the ten commandments, and, reflecting on his message in scanning our society today, I realized the tenth commandment is extremely relevant. Covetousness is a major driver for good and for ill in our world today.  It...

Milk River Canoe Trip Deadline

If we are going to have a special trip to the Milk River and Writing-on-Stone Park June 22 to 24, I need your commitments by Monday, April 9.  It normally takes at least 2 months to plan a successful canoe trip for a group of people. If you are planning to participate...

Shifts to Jim’s Activities

Reflecting on responses to what I have been doing and looking ahead to the remainder of my time with St. Andrew’s, here are shifts to what I am doing. I am dropping all my planned discussion groups as the coming of spring seems to be giving people too many other...