Monthly Archives: April 2008

“The Tipping Point” & “1491”

I’m attracted to books that have fresh points of view, -that try to lift the veil on history and human behavior.  The Tipping Point and 1491 were both NY Times bestsellers that examine something we THINK we know, then bring in … Continue reading

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Church Thermostat Wars: How to win them

Once upon a time, the cost of energy was so cheap churches could afford inefficient thinking and design when it came to their heating and cooling needs at churches. These days, we can’t afford to be dumb, let alone allow ourselves the … Continue reading

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Taming Your Asphalt Energy Monster with Trees

Your asphalt parking lot is an energy monster. Anyone who has stood in the church parking lot at noon after worship during the summer knows that black asphalt slabs are energy monsters They store massive amounts of heat, and raise the temperature … Continue reading

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Freaknomics: The Hidden Side of Everything

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explodes the Hidden Side of Everything -by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner This 2005 bestseller isn’t about economics. It’s about exploding assumptions and conventional wisdom using some economic principles and investigative techniques.  Frankly, it will … Continue reading

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Peculiar Treasures: A Biblical Who’s Who

Peculiar Treasures: A Biblical Who’s Who by Frederick Buechner This is an amazing and wonderful book. Buechner humorously and poignantly goes A to Z through Bible characters -famous and infamous, well-known and unknown, and describes them in such as way … Continue reading

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Telling the Truth: the Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairytale

Telling the Truth: the Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairytale, by Frederick Buechner. Go ahead, let this titled PROVOKE you. But it’s not what you think. It’s MUCH BETTER than that! This is the first Buechner book I ever read and … Continue reading

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Wishful Thinking: A theological ABC

Wishful Thinking: A theological ABC, by Frederick Buechner Drool Warning: I love Buechner. When I was in seminary and interviewing for my first pastor job the pastor interviewing me asked me what I was reading in seminary, and I admitted I … Continue reading

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Books that Changed My Life

All good books, including the “Good” book, can change your life in ways big and small. Here is a short list of some books that came along at just the right time when I was young to move me in … Continue reading

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Make Mission part of Every Group’s Mission

Hack the way mission gets done in the church… The mission of the Mission Committee is to increase everyone’s participation in giving back. But in most churches, the mission committee is LIMITED in what it can accomplish because it is … Continue reading

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10 Ideas Energy and Money Saving Ideas for your Church

This little light of mine, I’m not going to let it shine…. 1.  Install Motion Switches in Church Bathrooms. This idea comes from raising three daughters, none of whom could turn off a bathroom light to save their life. I … Continue reading

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Replace your flourescent FIXTURES too…

By now everybody knows of the BIG SAVINGS when you change your old lightbulbs out for new “CFLs” …compact flourescent lights. But did you know that some of your old flourescent FIXTURES may need to be replaced too?  According to … Continue reading

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Green Jesus: “You are a Flourescent Light on a Hill”

This “Green Jesus” blog thread in sundayresources.net is devoted to Green Issues. I’m not a hemp wearing tree-hugger, but I do think we could all be doing a lot more politically, personally, and institutionally as Christians to protect, better share, and enjoy God’s … Continue reading

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