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Chapter 2: Paul in Arabia

Chapter 2: Paul in Arabia

This is the second chapter to my book “Paul Found: In His Letters.” I welcome comments and feedback.   Chapter 1                       Paul in Arabia (Dec. 4, 2017)   “Thus the narratives which we live out have both an unpredictable and a partially teleological character.” [Alastair McIntyre, After Virtue, 215 – 216] From Paul’s seven letters we are able to discover fragments of a man’s life. That’s the best we can…

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Chapter 3: What’s in a Name?

Chapter 3: What’s in a Name?

The Third Chapter: What’s in a Name? This is a pdf. It contains a number of images of Paul. Since it is a pdf. document it is posted differently from the first two chapters. Simply click on What‘s in a Name (2018) highlighted below. to read this chapter.   What’s in a Name (2018)

From Saul to Paul: A Long Journey

From Saul to Paul: A Long Journey

This sermon was given on Sunday September 4th at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. From Saul to Paul: A Long journey The Lutheran Church of The Cross, Nisswa MN The Rev. Dr. George H. Martin September 4, 2016 (Philemon, and Luke 14: 25-33) Today’s sermon is about your name and the common name we all share. It’s a sermon based on the letter to Philemon, the one letter in the New Testament we read in its entirety…

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Tough Lessons – Oct. 12, 2014

Tough Lessons – Oct. 12, 2014

Tough Lessons The Rev. Dr. George H. Martin Sermon for Oct. 12, 2014 St. Matthew’s Episcopal Parish The Rev. Dr. George H. Martin  One Sunday morning a man came down to the kitchen in his pjs and said to his wife. “I’m not going to church today.” “Yes, you are,” she said. “Well,” he replied, “give me one good reason why I have to go.” His wife said, “Last time I looked you were still their pastor.” So here we…

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Getting our Story Right

Getting our Story Right

Nov. 16, 2012 by George Martin   Getting our Story Right (The following mediation is adapted from a consultation report originally addressed to a church that starting over again. It is in the process of selling its large building and moving to a storefront location which is in the downtown of their community. ) The task ahead is to define the church’s story in the light of the Gospel story, and the peculiar way in which Christians are out of…

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Guidelines for A Great Consultation

Guidelines for A Great Consultation

Rule One for a good consultation is to never presume that you know ahead of time what will be found or what will happen.  The process involves asking lots of questions, and then active listening, in which stories are told. What matters is the data and trying to be as honest as possible about what has happened, including all the good things, and those things that didn’t work. A good consultation though doesn’t fuel the flames of nostalgia too much,…

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Three Consulting Examples

Three Consulting Examples

What happens in a consultation? Example 1: I am thinking about a church in a Southern diocese, which had all kinds of growth taking place around it (e.g. new homes going up), but it wasn’t growing. The bishop of the diocese asked me to meet with their Bishop’s committee and church leaders. We met over a three day period.  Upon my return I sent them and the bishop a long report. I haven’t returned, but have consulted with the Bishop…

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