3 BASIC EMOTIONAL FOOD GROUPS

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• Attention

• Affection

• Appreciation

You pay attention. 

You show affection. 

You express appreciation.

Preacher Mama 
Sinner and Saint in the
United Methodist Tradition

MY GARDEN

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“My mind is my garden. My thoughts are my seeds. I can plant flowers or I can plant weeds.”

Preacher Mama
Sinner and Saint in the
United Methodist Tradition

BROKEN LEADERSHIP

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“I am broken. I lead a community of broken people called a church. And we often say, unapologetically, that we are a community of the broken who have good news for the broken.”

Preacher Mama
Sinner and Saint in the
United Methodist Tradition

MODEL GRATITUDE

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I have been concerned about developing a sense of gratitude in my boys. And what I discovered is I need to model gratitude and appreciation.  Children take their cues from us. If your son sees you complaining or griping a lot, he will behave similarly when things don’t go his way. Make a practice of pointing out what’s good, and what you’re grateful for and he will be more likely to follow suit.

Preacher Mama 
Sinner and Saint in the
United Methodist Tradition

How to Sleep During a Sermon—Without the Preacher Noticing

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As a preacher I occasionally find some of my regular, faithful worshipers are, in fact, catching up on their Saturday night sleep while I’m explaining the meaning of Ephesians 2 or expounding on how to live faithfully in a post-modern world.  In light of that fact, I offer the following:

ONE:  Never fall asleep flat on the pew.  To keep this from happening, it’s actually better to sit in a crowded pew, shoulder to shoulder with people on your left and right.  Otherwise, if you fall asleep, you might lean right over on the pew and that’s not good.

TWO:  When you sleep, don’t fall completely asleep, but just power nap instead.  If you fall completely asleep, your sleep apnea might kick up and that’s embarrassing.  Better to just go half-asleep, so you’re vaguely aware of your surroundings.  It helps to use a Bible to prop your chin up or lean against your head.  You can close your eyes, as long as the Bible is in view because the preacher will think you’re praying.  If you power nap, you’ll be ready if the pastor asks you to pronounce the benediction.

THREE:  Have a friend be a watcher.  Sit with someone who’s sympathetic to your plight.  Your spouse may not be the right person.  You need a friend who will nudge you if the preacher seems to be looking in your direction a lot.  Make sure a Bible is open on your lap or is prominently in view.  Your friend can rouse you so you can say “Amen” and get back to your nap.

FOUR:  Don’t sit in the back pew.  Believe it or not, this is the first place preachers look for sermon slackers.  If you sit in the first or second pew, you can actually get more sleep in because preachers will just look right past you.

FIVE:  Don’t sleep through the entire sermon.  After all, the preacher has something from the Lord you probably need to hear.  But when you’ve heard it, you have no further obligation to stay awake.  Still, if you can be awake for some of the sermon, you can then refer to it when you’re leaving the church and shaking the pastor’s hand.  “Wonderful sermon, Preacher!  I especially enjoyed the part where…”

So, there you go.  Hope this doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Glad to be on the journey with you,

Preacher Mama 
Sinner and Saint in the
United Methodist Tradition

RADICAL CENTRIST

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I have never aligned myself to either political party of the United States.  I have always been in what I call, the EXTREME MIDDLE.  Over the years I have begun calling myself a radical centrist.

WHAT IS A RADICAL CENTRIST

(Defined first politically then theologically)

Politically…

The “radical” in the term refers to a willingness on the part of most radical centrists to call for fundamental reform of institutions. 

The “centrism” refers to a belief that genuine solutions require realism and pragmatism, not just idealism and emotion.

Most radical centrists borrow what they see as good ideas from left, right, and wherever else they may be found, often melding them together.

Some observers see radical centrism as primarily a process of catalyzing dialogue and fresh thinking among polarized people and groups.

Radical Center…is not neutral, not middle-of-the-road, but a view of the whole road.

KEY POINTS

Ideology limits the capacity of reasoning. Reasoning is based on pragmatic reality and circumstance.

Centrism is not a belief. It is an open book to an unfolding situation. 

This does not mean it is moderate, but that it is considerate of changing circumstances that may require reconsideration based on the intelligence (evidence) available.

Centrism is not about doing what is popular, it is about doing what is right.

Centrism supports strength, tradition, open mindedness, and policy based on evidence, not ideology.

Centrism is considerate of traditional values and new ideas in the context of evolving needs.

Centrists are independent thinkers that gauge situations based on context and reason, consideration and probability.

Theologically…

Being centrist must not be confused with taking the middle road between fundamentalism and liberalism. It embraces the truth in both camps and negates the untruth in these positions as well. Being a centrist evangelical means building upon the center or core of faith–the gospel of God’s reconciling act in Jesus Christ attested in Holy Scripture and clarified by the fathers and teachers of the faith through the ages.

Theologically, the centrist is orthodox, typically labeled moderate to conservative somewhere on the spectrum between fundamentalism and liberalism holding a high view of Scripture, the work of Christ (incarnation, substitutionary death/atonement and resurrection), salvation through Christ alone and God’s redemptive mission.

With all this in consideration here is how I would define a Christian centrist: 

an orthodox (as defined by the Nicene Creed) believer in Christ who develops his/her peripheral theology (any belief not explicitly defined by the Nicene Creed) by honestly considering all ideas equally without concern for ideological consistency or popularity. Instead, their concern is forming convictions grounded in their core faith and based on context and reason. They are willing to change positions or enact reforms when better evidence or new circumstances convince them that any previously held peripheral belief has become inadequate. Their investigative and open nature drives them to understand why someone with a differing opinion believes what they believe without believing the same or taking offense. In this way, they can peacefully debate others because the end goal is their own edification.

Preacher Mama 
Sinner and Saint in the
United Methodist Tradition

Lessons

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Some things I have learned through the years:

1) Our spirit can rest easy when we have the capacity to overcome what has happened to us.

2) It is important to work hard never to let the things which happen to us dictate the end of the story!

Throughout my lifetime I have learned to do this by

  • Spending time not only reading God’s Word but trying to apply what I read there.
  • Believing GOD is the one who gives meaning and purpose for our existence. And since that is the case….listening to others’ opinions and ideas doesn’t matter nearly as much as listening to GOD.
  • Forgiveness is very important! And it comes much easier when we seek to understand the person who has wronged us!

Preacher Mama 
Sinner and Saint in the
United Methodist Tradition

LISTEN/SILENT

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Have you ever noticed the word “listen” contains the exact same letters as “silent?” 

We live in a noisy world.  My prayer is that you listen to GOD’S voice first!

Preacher Mama 
Sinner and Saint in the
United Methodist Tradition