Making changes without congregational support

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I Am A Slow Reader (the test that proves it)

Source: Staples eReader Department  The above is a reading test developed by Staples.  Click it to take the test. I have always known that I was a slow reader.  I got 189 words a minute with all 3 question correct, but I read 22% slower than the national average. How did you do? -jpserrano 

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Advent Art Project 2013

During Advent 2013 I coordinated an Art Project at Faith Lutheran Church of Castro Valley.  The idea behind the project was to create a Nativity scene using the broad range of talents we have in the church.  I passed out 14 canvases with limited instructions on what should go on each canvas: Joseph, Mary, Baby […]

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Joseph’s Choice (Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25)

Preached @ Faith Lutheran Church of Castro Valley 12.22.13   The last part of the sermon was cut off.  Here’s the text:Joseph slowed down long enough to listen to the messenger God sent him.  He embraced his soon to be wife with her outlandish story, as a gift from God. Joseph didn’t run from his […]

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Matthew 11:2-11 (Sermon Scraps)

Advent 3 (Year A)Matthew 11:2-11 Context: John the Baptist is in prison and hears about Jesus.  Jesus is on his way to preach to the cities. Location: Jesus is on his way to preach to the cities (11:1) Characters: John The Baptist, John’s Disciples, Jesus, The Crowds Notes: 11:2-  John was put in prison by Herod Antipas.  It’s […]

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The Kingdom of God = Breaking into someones home 2013.

Many people outside of San Diego probably don’t know about Jeff & Jer’s “Breaking and Entering Christmas.”   The concept of the event is this.  People will send in letters on the behalf of needy families.  The Jeff & Jer Radio Show chooses a family and the show’s producer, Little Tommy, takes some of his […]

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Matthew 3:1-12 (Sermon Scraps)

Advent 2 (Year A)Matthew 3:1-12 Context: This scripture passage is set just after the birth narrative of Jesus.  The Holy Family flees Bethlehem and then returns to Nazareth. A completely new section begins in today’s Gospel with John the Baptists in (3:1) and the Baptism of Jesus (3:13). Location:  The Wilderness / Jordan River Characters: John The […]

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Matthew 24:36-44 (Sermon Scraps)

Advent 1 (Year A) Matthew 24:36-44 Context: Jesus is in Jerusalem after the triumphal entry, cleansing of the temple, cursing of the fig tree, and encountering religious leaders.  Jesus is asked a question by the disciples in verse 24:3.  This reading picks up mid-answer which began in verse 24:4. Location:  Mount of Olives (Matt 24:3) Characters: Jesus is […]

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Christ The King Sunday (Sermon Luke 23:33-43)

Preached @ Faith Lutheran Church of Castro Valley 11.24.2013

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You think all Evangelicals are alike, you would be wrong.

Here is the itinerary and some tweets from my Alma Mater’s march for Immigration Reform. President Mark Labberton is now speaking on the steps of Pasadena City Hall #fuller4reform pic.twitter.com/4cfZbJuG83 — Fuller Seminary (@fullerseminary) November 19, 2013   Hundreds are participating in this march #fuller4reform pic.twitter.com/GtUBXBupxW — Fuller Seminary (@fullerseminary) November 19, 2013   And […]

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Your Name Change (Sermon on Genesis 32:22-32)

Preached @ Faith Lutheran Church 10.20.13

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THE youth ministry question?

In his book Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, Andrew Root poses the question,  “If youth ministry isn’t for keeping kids good, for making them into servants, or passing on tradition, what is youth ministry for?” What say you? -jpserrano

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