Mission, Vision, Values – The Fount Account

Growing up as a 3rd generation pastor’s kid. I have seen, experienced, and critiqued what it means to be a Christian. I’ve worshiped in a conservative Korean setting where sticking to the rules and having good behavior was the model of a good Christian. I’ve also served and led in...

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The Gift of Waiting – The Fount Account

The season of Advent is upon us! Every year, for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, the church observes Advent in preparation for the advent (coming, or arrival) of Jesus. During Advent we go back to the Old Testament and enter in with God’s people as they waited for...

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Oh Yes He Did! – The Fount Account

Yesterday, Sunday, October 8th, I preached a sermon titled “Oh No He Di’n’t!”, having the congregation shout out the title whenever I said something that Jesus clearly did not say. It was fun, because it gave us the opportunity to play a little. But the problem is not fun; it...

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The Rest of God – The Fount Account

Last week I was blessed to spend my annual “week-away” retreat. This year, I went to the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, overlooking the LA basin from 1200 feet. It was beautiful, cool, and conducive to what my soul needed: to rest, rejuvenate and restore. I...

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Staying in the Word – The Fount Account

One of the hardest struggles I have had in my life of walking with Jesus has been to develop and maintain a substantial discipline of staying in the Word. I know that might shock some, since, as a pastor, all I have to do is preach once a week! So,...

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Intergenerational Support – The Fount Account

Intergenerational Support in the Congregation and Further In the times of church attendance decline that we see across the nation and globe, the amount of younger generational people who are transitioning away from organized religion as a whole, and the many people who embark on the process of “deconstructing” their...

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Dealing with Stress – The Fount Account

The Church Council, at its meeting on July 16th, approved a proposal to grant me two consecutive days off each week. Many may not be aware that pastors are typically only given one day off a week. Contrary to the popular “belief” that pastors only work one day a week!...

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Keeping On – The Fount Account

Last week was a really busy week with a lot of press coverage of our disaffiliation plight and follow-up contacts. This week, I’m hoping things will quiet down somewhat. It is good to have publicity and perhaps add some pressure to our annual conference to negotiate an exit route that...

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