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People have asked me about the arrival of Lucy, our second daughter. My response consists of two words, “Beautifully complicated.”

One month into Lucy’s little life, we have had to learn, like any parents, how to adjust our schedules and recalibrate our sleep expectations. Hayley, our three-year-old, loves the role of big sister. Yet, she had to adjust to having one more person to divide our attention. Robyn, my wife, has supported everyone in this significant change.

“Beautifully complicated” sums up our life in this season, but in some peculiar way, it can explain much of the past year in…

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If you serve as a church leader, you have navigated the complexities of this pandemic for a whole year. Let that sink in for a moment.

This pandemic has accelerated change in ways that we could not foresee. I believe many of you should be commended. You took risks and got out of your comfort zone. In many ways, I hope our attitude of innovation and adaption continues.

As we look to the next year ahead, you will encounter the conversation about the two-track model for a church — bridging digital and in-person. You might also hear “phygital” or “hybrid.”…

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Imagine if twenty years ago, churches treated social media like email.

Personal emails, not the newsletter type emails that go to the whole church. Two-three people on staff would respond to every email on behalf of the entire church. That sounds wildly inefficient for all parties involved.

As we approach a year into the pandemic, every church needs to start recognizing the new reality. I first heard the term #phygital from Ted Vaughn of the Historic Agency. That term seems tied to organizations as a whole rather than individuals. Churches and organizations cannot think #phygital without individual investment.

I sense…

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He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

- Micah 6:8

Today, we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., who embodied Micah 6:8.
He reminds us that the gospel not only reconciles us to You but each other.
We pause to reflect on the dream of MLK.
His dream calls us to live out your second greatest commandment, to love our neighbors as ourselves.
You offer us a vision of heaven of people of all nations, races, ethnicities, and backgrounds worshipping You…

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Recently, the Social Media Church Podcast post this article about why people are listening to religious podcasts.

Tweet from the Social Media Church Podcast

Following seeing that article, I have had a few conversations about Browncroft’s podcast, Why God Why.

I still remember the day I sat with John Iamaio, a cohost of Why God Why, in the Brighton Twelve Corners Starbucks approximately two years ago. We discussed engaging Millennials and Generation Z when he blurted out, “We should just start a podcast…”

Now, we find ourselves on the precipice of 100 episodes. Several church leaders I talk with seem…

You’re reading this post because you understand social media’s critical value at the church, non-profit, or even the organization you serve.

We find ourselves almost a year into a pandemic. Now more than ever, churches are looking for ways to stay connected to people who will not come in-person for the foreseeable future. No matter your opinion on social media, the people you serve engage there. Your presence as a leader and church body will continue to become more essential.

1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards…

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We sum up our hope this Christmas — A weary world rejoices.
You gave up the riches of heaven to come as a baby.
You came with little fanfare or public spectacle.
As we reflect on Your birth, we recognize Your ways are not our ways.
And yet, through Your life, we find ultimate peace and rest.

We realize many today have Christmas alone.
Some will Zoom with their family rather than being together.
Others will walk through this day with grief.
Let us not acknowledge this Christmas as the one no one could expect. …

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My friend Adam and I this weekend were texting back forth about this tweet.

Tweet from Adrian Gibbs on December 16th

2020 has brought a heaviness to a regularly joyful season. In this year, we have walked through a pandemic, racial reckoning, job losses, contested elections, disrupted routines, and added doses of fear and anxiety for our children. As a pastor, I’m well aware that many who walked through divorces, painful conflicts with loved ones, and health issues outside of the Coronavirus.

I don’t walk through this Christmas season glibly. …

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Today marks the first Sunday of Advent.
We anticipate with the hope of the celebration of Christmas.
A dark cloud has covered this year.
So, Lord, we find ourselves waiting in more ways than we could ever imagine.

Hundreds of years spanned between the Old and New Testament.
I wonder how many doubted if a Messiah would ever come.
They watched, waited, and kept living.
We want to believe your promises and trust Your timing.
The world around operates in chaos.
Like our brothers and sisters between the Testaments, we look for You.

Give us eyes to see You in…

A smiling man holding a baby girl
A smiling man holding a baby girl
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Lord, we come to this Thanksgiving week weary.
2020 has complicated our lives.
Few things have come smoothly or simply.
Yet, we find ourselves focusing our attention on gratitude.

Our everyday routines have shifted in this season.
Our search for normalcy has narrowed in several ways.
Our patience has waned.
Our anxiety and exhaustion have risen.
Our plans for the holidays have changed.

When so much seems taken away, teach us contentment.
Let us not dismiss the difficulty nor wear rose-covered glasses.
Bringing beauty from ashes still remembers the ashes.
We ask for contentment to give us the reality — the good and…

Peter Englert

Adult Ministries Director @Browncroft . Host on @WGWPodcast. Married to @RobynEnglert | Subscribe to my blog ➡️

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