It’s 12 am and you are preparing a sermon for tomorrow. It’s 4pm and you are preparing for community group that will take place in your living room in a few hours. You have reached an impasse. You could take the easy route and give that nicely packaged sermon or group discussion that you have […]
Sometime after I graduated High School, but before I went to college I was fervently trying to decide what I was going to do with my life. As the fog began to clear and I could see that the LORD was calling me to some type of ministry, I began to devour books and podcasts. […]
In my experience in church, I have heard a fair share of sermons. I enjoy the thrill of thinking about, taking note of, and discussing the different sermons I hear, including the differing styles of interpretation, exhortation, conviction, articulation, exegesis, and more. One element particularly fascinating to me is how different preachers use biblical backgrounds in their sermons […]
I write this blog tonight next to two cell phones – one is mine, and one belongs to the hospital I work for. I am the social worker on-call tonight. You might be wondering what we could get called in for late at night, or you may have guessed it already… death. As a hospital […]
Last year, I started “Girl Time with Calvin” on our High School’s Winter Retreat, which was basically a fun way for me to sit down with the female senior class and hang out with them. Girl Time with Calvin consists of me talking with them and answering any questions they have about life, love, and God. Much […]
When you’re learning how to knit, you need to learn to read a whole new language: K1, m1, p2, CO, k2tog. You learn to decipher charts and take something that looks good on paper and bring it to life. And you learn, through experience, that knitting takes time and requires a good deal of patience […]
This year, with our students at church, we’ve decided to journey with Jesus through the Gospel according to Mark. We’ve only traveled through the first 15 verses, but I’m already excited about some of the conversations that are being sparked thus far. I especially love Jesus’ first sermon in Mark 1:14-15. Here’s my paraphrase (not […]
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.-1 John 3:18 She is new. None of us have seen her before. A woman with a modest hijab walks into our English class for the very first time. In many ways she is out of place. She is the […]
I ought to show my cards right from the get go. I’m really not that big of a fan of church marketing. While I realize that “marketing” (though I’d rather use a different term) is, in some sense, inevitable if we want to be congregations that engage our communities, I generally don’t like the conclusions […]
“Hey Tanner, remind me of the ministry opportunities you have at your church again?” asked Andrew, who followed up his question with his warm, yet focused and expectant stare through his thin framed glasses. “Oh, well, the primary help I try to provide is in organizing and planning different outreach ministries that our church seeks […]
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