But God

Updated On:  | Originally Posted: Aug 15, 2013 When was the last time you experienced a “But God” moment? Numerous pastors and spiritual leaders (and friends of PastorServe) are in the midst of profound brokenness.  Unresolved conflict, financial trials, unforeseen health challenges, marriage difficulties, spiritual emptiness, workplace stress and the fear of little to no…

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The Theology of Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal on an outside swing

No one in his or her right mind would argue with the theology of Winnie-the-Pooh. The lovable bear has given us some of our greatest insights into life. Pooh said, “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love” and “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Such…

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The Rough Edges

I don’t exactly know how a hobby starts, but I am now an official collector of sea glass. A couple of months ago I wrote about how the Aspen Tree demonstrates the need for community. Since the story of the Aspen hit home (we received a lot of feedback), let me share one additional picture…

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Less is More

Less is More - PastorServe

We have all heard this phrase and have witnessed its appropriate application in various areas, such as in entrepreneurship. However the idea is still counterintuitive. Let me explain with an analogy. When I was in my teenage years, my father liked to take us to modified tractor pulls. For those of you not familiar with…

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Sea Glass

Sea Glass - PastorServe

I don’t exactly know how a hobby starts, but I am now an official collector of sea glass. Recently, I had the incredible privilege of speaking to pastors in Las Conchas Mexico, which is located at the northernmost tip of the Gulf of California.  Also known as Rocky Point, the beach is well known for…

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Church Discipline

Church Discipline - PastorServe

“…you are not welcome in our gathered worship, you will not be admitted to the communion table, you will not be allowed to meet with your small group, nor with others in our church body…” These were the words I heard on a cold November day in 2013.  I heard these words from men I…

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At the Gates

At the Gates - PastorServe

Being faithful doesn’t just involve what Gospel you speak. Every bit as important is where you speak it. My wife is better at this than anyone I know. Getting groceries or replacing the coffee pot becomes a Gospel opportunity. She doesn’t preach or buttonhole in stores. Normal small talk in lines sometimes leads to coffee.…

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Hearing Mary and Martha

'Christ in the House of Martha and Mary', Jan Vermeer van Delft, 1654

A great sister wrote most of what follows. It is a tragedy she needed to write it, and even worse that she took heat after she posted it. Christ’s body is a family, and all families have that Aunt or Uncle that you love, but give a wide birth. Truth be told we are all…

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You Are Free – Freedom

You Are Free - PastorServe

Undoubtedly, the holocaust imposed by Nazi Germany is one of the darkest periods of world history.  Concentration camps were the zenith of that darkness. Buchenwald Concentration Camp, located near Weimer Germany trailed only Auschwitz in the horrors it imposed.  Despite having no gas chambers, thousands died each month within Buchenwald from disease, malnutrition, beatings, and…

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