Category Archives: the core

Doing My Own Stunts

I decided today that a pastor doing his own graphics is a little like an actor doing his own stunts. It’s fun, but dangerous. So I thought I’d take a post here to reminisce on all the dangerous fun I’ve … Continue reading

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Community Christmas Dinner

This Saturday, December 4, represents The Core Fellowship’s first big multi-church project. We’re teaming up with Emmaus Church, Canvas Church (both downtown) and East Sunshine Church of Christ to put on a big Community Christmas Dinner at the Veridian Event … Continue reading

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Prayer and the Art of Margarita Pizza

Thursday night Christina and I split a Margarita Pizza with David Gilmour. No, not the lead singer of Pink Floyd, the other David Gilmour; our new point man with our District, out of Omaha. Our old point man (Church Multiplication Director) was just elected District Superintendent, so this pizza was our little meet-and-greet with the new guy. (Speaking of which… go to South Avenue Pizza and order the Margarita. Go now.) Continue reading

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New Look, Same Old Taste

When the vision of The Core and the Front Porch were in their embryonic stages, (a glimmer in our eyes, so to speak) I was writing a lot of negative stuff about the sacrosanctity of our church service formats. “Why … Continue reading

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There’s a Why in Team

The Core Fellowship has a thing called The Core Team. What you might call Church members elsewhere, you’d call Team Members at The Core. And there’s about seven people planning to join it this Sunday. And yet, I’m tempted to … Continue reading

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A Body In Motion

A day in LA, and millions of faces are looking for movement ‘Cause everything’s stuck and everything’s frozen And everyone’s broken and nobody moves And everyone’s scared that the motion will never come… This is the incompletion, stuck in a … Continue reading

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Ctrl-Alt-Del is the new message series at The Core Worship Gathering. It will run from March 8 – 29. “Paradigm”. It’s one of those pretentious words you hear in coffeehouses. And since the Front Porch is like a coffeehouse, let’s … Continue reading

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One Girl Army

Recently the Front Porch team has been joined by a young lady named Stephanie. She is very active in her efforts to reach out with compassion to needy young people in center-city Springfield. And that was the topic of an … Continue reading

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An Exciting Thing and a Boring Thing

Here’s a quickie to give everybody a few bits of news… 1. Rock the Vote tickets went on sale TODAY! We’ve got 24 bands lined up, and the tickets are only $13 in advance ($15 at the door). Take the … Continue reading

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The Way, the Truth and the Life of the Party

This Sunday we begin our message series called “Eight Excuses to Party“. The title might sound a bit cheeky to you… as if I had finally taken the advice of one of my fellow leaders to market our Sunday morning … Continue reading

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