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Finding Meaning in the Movies

Phil Schroeder

4/13/2009

Looking for a helpful resource to gain further insight to the movies you are watching? My favorite site over the years has been www.hollywoodjesus.com which now has weekly and monthly e-newsletter options. This week features a list of 20 stirring films from Easter Weekend including Cool Hand Luke, Signs and Hotel Rwanda.  Gran Torino probably has the strongest Christ imagery of any film this season. Ken Gire once stated that he would rather see R-rated truth than G-rated lies. This film is not ...


Job Networking Ministry at Roswell UMC

Phil Schroeder

4/13/2009

Several Sundays ago I attended Job Seeker Sunday at Roswell UMC. What a great idea! On the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings, job seekers and a myriad of volunteers gather for dinner, inspiration and instruction as they seek to find new ways to put their skills to work. In fact, one of their leaders, Katherine Simons, will be interviewed this morning, April 13th, on WGST Radio at 9:45 AM. Two years ago they averaged around 80 on Monday evenings. Last year 150 and this year over 300 job seekers. Not ...


An Example of the Peacable Kingdom

Phil Schroeder

4/6/2009

Jasmine, the Mother Theresa Greyhound by Myke on March 27, 2009 In 2003, police in Warwickshire, England, opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog. It had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and had clearly been abused.  In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a Greyhound female, to the nearby Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, run by a man named Geoff Grewcock and known as a willing haven for Animals abandoned, ...


Have your read the newest Advocate?

Phil Schroeder

4/4/2009

 Back on page 8B I read about Julia Kuhn Wallace categorizing churches in three ways, a hospice, a hospital or a hospitality place. She stated, "Hospice Churches are typically small, dwindling congregations."  The article lacked the space to more fully explain the three categories but they are worth considering. I tend to focus on Walrath's three categories in my work with churches, the smaller church, the stable small church and the not yet big church. The smaller church looks inward and ...


Helpful E-newsletters with Excellent Book Reviews

Phil Schroeder

4/3/2009

Leading Ideas Learn more about this enewsletter from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership The Alban Weekly Learn more about this enewsletter from The Alban Institute


Worship Planning Tool

Phil Schroeder

4/3/2009

Dave Benson and the worship team at Birmingham UMC found this to be a vital link to keep everyone informed and connected as they seek to do excellent worship planning. Check it out!   Go to Planning Center Online


Continuing Education Ideas for Clergy

Phil Schroeder

4/2/2009

 Christianity 21: Faith in the 21st Century - Please let me know if you go or have been 21 Voices                                                                     21 Ideas     21 Minutes Each Christianity 21 will gather 21 of the most innovative Voices for Christianity's future, October 9-11, and give them each 21 minutes to share their passion.  Website: http://christianity21.com   Theological Conversation with Jürgen Moltmann             an Emergent Village gathering - Please let me know if...


Good Friday Images - 10th Anniversary of Columbine - 4/20/09

Phil Schroeder

4/2/2009

Haunting Images of the 15 Crosses at Columbine - 1 for Each Victim?. . . but then two are cut down. See the article from 10 years ago and the pictures as well.   Greg Zanis, crafter of the crosses, deliberately used a different font (letter style) for Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's crosses to seperate them from their victims. The very presence of the killers' crosses among the victims' outraged many. Greg Zanis with one of the crosses he built. He was opposed to removing Eric & ...


Leaders, Oxygen and Hope

Micheal Selleck

4/1/2009

The Swiss theologian Emil Brunner is credited with having said, “What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.”  Hope is the message of the Church to a doubting and worried world. Romans 5:3-5 reads this way: “We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”  Our hope is founded on God’s faithfulness.  ...


Sowing Seeds of Discontent

Phil Schroeder

3/27/2009

What to do when your church is content - but shouldn’t be My book fell open to that page believe it or not, page 51 (makes me think of one of my favorite verses – Luke 9:51.) Jody Flowers was sent to a church that had plateaued. He asked himself “how can a new pastor take an impressive but flatlined church to new levels of outreach and faith?” Answer: Sow intentional seeds of discontent He asked questions like this, “Isn’t it great that God is bringing people to our region who need Jesus?” “I ...


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