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Finish Line Review – Day 30 of 30(40)

by Jason Hess on December 14, 2014

Today is the end of the 30(40) Days of Blogging.

While I could press on for the ten extra credit days I’m not going to. That said, I’ll probably take a break from blogging until after the New Year. I’m grateful for the readership, and the comments over this past month…thank you!

To close out the challenge I’m going to borrow from day fifteen and present a few highlights. [click to continue…]

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Finding Home – Day 29 of 30(40)

by Jason Hess on December 13, 2014

Back in 2010 I wrote a post, The Great Church Search, which to this day is one of my most read posts. I was fortunate enough to have it run a few other blogs as well (see the page ‘Jason Hess, CJ’ in the header). Blogs that have a much higher readership than eckSermonator. Basically the post is about finding the local church that resonates with you. The local community of believers that you can connect with and plug-in to. Truth is not church A doesn’t work for everyone, some folks are better suited for church B. While certain things in my life and understanding of the local church has changed since 2010 due to the evolution of my thinking, the core of the piece still stands.

For a long time my wife and I stumbled around seeking to find the part of the body that we could meld with. Ultimately that’s what led us to the United Methodist Church. It has everything we want, and accommodates our eccentricities perfectly. [click to continue…]

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Cowboy Poetry – Day 28 of 30(40)

December 12, 2014
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This past year while listening to NPR I was introduced to the wonderful world of cowboy poetry. On this particular show, Here & Now, the host was speaking with Gail Steiger, a cowboy poet. Since the broadcast I actually picked up the digital download of his album, The Romance of Western Life. I’ve really enjoyed […]

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Racism and the Church – Day 27 of 30(40)

December 11, 2014
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I firmly believe that the most powerful force to challenge racism in America is the local church and once mobilized…things will begin to change. When the Sunday worship hour stops being the most segregated time…things will begin to change. When churches begin to invite leaders of different racial groups to speak from their pulpits on […]

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The Christmas Church Service – Day 26 of 30(40)

December 10, 2014
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Yesterday I saw the above image on an Orthodox priest’s facebook page. Though I usually don’t take part in these debates it got me thinking about my own Christmas tradition when it relates to attending a church service. Not to long ago I would blow off the idea of attending either a Christmas Eve or […]

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A Quote From N.T. Wright – Day 25 of 30(40)

December 9, 2014
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Today I would like you to consider a brief quote from the retired Anglican Bishop N.T. Wright. This quote comes from his book, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. Most Western Christians—and most Western non-Christians, for that matter—in fact suppose that Christianity was committed to at least a […]

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