Category Archives: Maine Cautionary Tales

When Hope Is a Problem

An area church similar to Old South recently came to the end of a long journey through which the church seriously considered its future. Part of the process focused on the building in which the church meets. The church, decreasing … Continue reading

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As Maine Goes? Heaven Help Us

Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. Ephesians 4:26 A fool gives full vent to anger, but the wise quietly holds it back. Proverbs 29:11 But now you must get rid … Continue reading

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As They Die, So Do We

I attended a funeral recently at a United Church of Christ Church in Central Maine, not far from the church I serve. While the service included a couple of prayers from the Book of Worship at the beginning and the … Continue reading

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You Can’t Control Your Own Resurrection

Gaze upon the current reading lists of pastors of old, struggling mainline churches, and you are likely to find books about church vitality, church growth, and the changing outlook and circumstances of the Christian Church in the twenty-first century. These … Continue reading

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The Concern on the Other End

I ran into an older friend of mine at the gym the other day. I hadn’t seen him in a little while. He recently had some significant health problems, but is now well on his way to recovery. For a … Continue reading

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In the Cold, Cold North

A few weeks ago, I came upon this humorous cartoon: I was thinking about that cartoon yesterday afternoon, while I was snowshoeing near our house in Belgrade, Maine: There I am in front of our boat house. I’m standing on … Continue reading

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Snow Day

In the years I’ve been at Old South, we’ve only had a handful of “snow days,” days when the weather is bad enough to cancel worship. We live in Maine, where winter weather can be a challenge. But, it takes … Continue reading

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