The War on Advent

During one of my Advent sermons this year I remarked, “I don’t think there really is any such thing as a ‘War on Christmas.’  At least, if there is one then they’ve apparently missed.  I do, however, think there might be a ‘War on Advent,’ and that churches and retailers are inadvertently allied in that the war.”…

Evaluation Day

I might be odd, but I actually enjoy being evaluated.  I think this is partly because I’m usually my harshest critic, so the critiques that other people bring are rarely surprising.  When people evaluate me highly, however, it’s pleasantly surprising.  I am used, however, to being evaluated on things like, “What did you do for…

Advent 2009

It seems every year I end up bemoaning the Church’s complete ignorance of the season of Advent.  First, we get caught up in the culture war mentality which lashes out against the “War on Christmas.”  Second, we pack our schedules so full of december activities that it seems we don’t have a single moment to…

A Week Off

I’m off this week.  This means, given that the kids were in school Monday through Wednesday and my wife’s family is coming here, I’m hanging around the house.  I have to say, it’s nice.  I don’t really like traveling all that much because suddenly a vacation turns from “rest” to planning how to fill one’s…

A New Wordle

I’m preaching on the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) to conclude our series on stewardship.  Just to see what would happen, I created a wordle out of my manuscript.  I think it turned out OK, actually. Click on the image to see the larger view.

The Paradigm Shift

I was recently asked by a fellow pastor, “Wes, are you going to show something new every time we get together?”  When I responded what this pastor meant they replied, “Well, I still haven’t figured out the last tool you showed off.” I get this pastor’s point, the problem is it springs from a mentality that…