Browsing articles from "December, 2011"
Dec 31, 2011

Dinner For One

Enjoy this gem of British humor which has become a New Year’s Eve tradition for Germans to ring in the new year:

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Dec 29, 2011

Top 6 Post of 2011

Here are the top two most viewed articles for each of the three categories in which I blog here:

LIVING
1. Dumb Place
2. Benjamin Maximilian Haas
People are always looking for useful tools on the web. Such a dumb idea as a dumb place seems not to be that dumb after all. No other post comes even close when it comes to pageviews. People like you spend an average of 11 minutes and 10 seconds on my dumb place. Thank you!
Ben’s high ranking in the Living category shouldn’t be a surprise. When it comes to news in my life in 2011 Ben is certainly the most important one.

READING
1. Tag: Hosea
2. Go directly to jail
Hosea acted out the craziest prophetic parables. Maybe that is why all posts tagged Hosea are this year’s top reads. My second most popular read raises a tough question: “Would you go to jail for Christ?” Any comments? Over all Bible searchers seem to be interested in catchy stories and challenging thoughts.

PREACHING
1. Evolution – A Topical Summer Sermon Podcast
2. Hell – A Topical Summer Sermon Podcast
Hot-button issues make for red-hot sermon titles. Tackling evolution and raising hell works – from a preacher’s perspective that is. Typically the preaching in our church tradition follows the Revised Common Lectionary. It has three years worth of suggested sermon scriptures and ensures that the church is exposed to a broad variety of Biblical texts, not just the pastor’s favorites. In July, August and September Provo Community UCC went topical on their pulpit. The worship planning committee polled the congregation for weeks and came up with the most wanted topics – two of which yielded my most popular sermons. Maybe democratic preaching is a nice addition to our repertoire?

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Dec 28, 2011

Gemeindegruss

All over North America churches value the German roots of their tradition and extend a special welcome to German language residents, students, travelers, tourists, and visitors. Here is a map of German ministries that I know about:


View gemeindegruss in a larger map

Any additions, corrections or tips?

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Dec 26, 2011

Long-Awaited Gift

Today’s Reading is from Luke 2:21-40. I preached about that on the Second Sunday of Advent in 2009. Please check out my sermon titled “Long-Awaited Gift”.

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Dec 25, 2011

Reality Check, Part I

Today’s Reading is from John 1:1-18. I preached about that for Epiphany 2011. Please listen to my sermon titled “Reality Check, Part I”.

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Dec 24, 2011

Christ is born!

Today’s Reading is from Luke 2:1-20. Every year I preached about that for Christmas Eve.
Please check out my sermon titled “Christ is born!”
and listen to my sermon titled “The Package has arrived!”.

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Dec 22, 2011

Restore Hope!

Today’s Reading is from Luke 1:39-56. I preached about that just a couple of Sundays ago. Please listen to my sermon titled “Restore Hope!”

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Dec 21, 2011

Fear Not!

Today’s Reading is from Luke 1:26-38. I preached about that just this past Sunday. Please listen to my sermon titled “Fear Not!”

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Dec 20, 2011

Promises Kept

Today’s Reading is from Luke 1:1-25. I preached about that on the Second Sunday of Advent in 2009. Please check out my sermon titled “Promises Kept”.

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Dec 19, 2011

Fear not!

Today’s Reading is from Isaiah 8:1—9:7. This passage set the stage for yesterday’s sermon. Please listen to my Advent Sermon: Fear not!

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