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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? (5 years post 13)

Liz and I felt that if we were going to Ireland, two groups of people needed to be in agreement. I wrote yesterday about what that process looked like with our daughters. Today I wanted to share about a second group that was involved in this process with us.

A Few Things…

The past couple days in Boston have been great (if only I could squeeze in a Sox game…& if only they were in 1st place). It’s been good to hang out with Hannah and see...

A Couple of Mid-Week Items

So as you may have heard, this Sunday is kind of a big one in my life...I'll be teaching for the last time as lead pastor of a church we planted 13 years ago. (Notice I said last time as lead pastor, because I'm hoping they'll invite be back down the road!) So as you might imagine, this is not the easiest message to prepare....more for the emotion than anything.

An Open Letter to the Ithaca Vineyard

We goofed, and I understand why some of you are frustrated. Sadly it wasn’t our first time messing up, and despite the fact that I only have 2 months left here at the Vineyard, it...

Don’t take yourself too seriously

One of the hardest things for me in serving as the lead pastor of a church is (besides the fact that I’m not all that pastoral) is the preconceived notions people bring with them about...

In the Flesh

Yesterday I mentioned that one of the things that is most exciting to me is seeing people who been disconnected from Jesus experience him in a real way for the first time. This video is...

Repost: The Discipline of Submission

This Sunday James spoke about giving up our need for power and control.  He talked a bit about the spiritual discipline of submission. It reminded me of a post I’d done a while ago &...

It’s Friday, Friday…

So that means it’s data dump time. First off, let me apologize for getting that song stuck in your head. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should be thankful. (Yeah, it’s...

Guest Post – Pastoral Search

The following is from James Cherian. James was part of the original planting team of the Ithaca Vineyard, and has been on staff in various roles since then. He is currently a member of the...