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About christmasandicecream

Grace & Peace to you all! I'm Randy. I am a follower of Jesus - sometimes close up and, sadly, sometimes way too far away. My best friend, administrative assistant, partner, and high school sweetheart all live with me and go by the same name: Adele. She and I are part of a relationally-focused, small group based Church family that helps us along spiritual quest. Our boys are both grown now. We have a wonderful daughter-by-marriage and 2 truly GRANDchildren... 1 boy and 1 girl. We are Corgi people and now oversee the care of 1 spoiled Corgi puppy named Elly May. I am a devoted fan of 2 'seasons' in each year: Christmas and baseball!! At my house, a Christmas tree goes up somewhere within days of the close of the Fall Classic (baseball lingo for the World Series) and a Christmas tree stays up all the way through Spring Training. In between it is non-stop celebration of the Incarnation. I live in the Mid-Atlantic part of the U.S.A. and, among other things, work as a coach and consultant with an incredibly diverse network of churches that make up the BCMD. My Church-roots are in the Baptist bucket of the Christian ice cream shop. But, just because I have a favorite flavor, doesn't mean I don’t like them all! I do. I work with things like soul care & leadership development of pastor/pastoral team members; with small, simple, organic models of church life; with relational strategies of spiritual formation; and with the health of the Church. I taught at New Orleans seminary for a decade and have served in local churches for 30 years. I am currently part of the faculty of Rockbridge Seminary – a new kind of seminary for a new kind of Church – where I also play a role on the Academic Council. *I am obliged to note that questions, comments, ideas, views,... just about anything you read here, are mine, and not those of BCMD, RS, any other organization or school I work for, or those of most normal people. Thanks for visiting. Come back again.

Turning Around the Church?

A cautionary word from a secular source for pastors who lead transition: “The thing is, a customer is never out of warranty, even if his product is.” -S. Godin The people who are the Church (‘customer’ in Seth’s quote) may … Continue reading

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“We live in a multifaith world. In the

“We live in a multifaith world. In the past, an “interfaith” encounter in our culture involved a Congregationalist talking to a Presbyterian or Methodist. That situation has changed dramatically. Now our neighbors, co-workers and even family members are Muslims, Mormons, … Continue reading

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Season of Returning: Rain at Winter’s End | Transforming Center

Season of Returning: Rain at Winter’s End | Transforming Center.

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“…denial, of course, is the strategy

“…denial, of course, is the strategy of assuming that the future will be just like today.” -S. Godin

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TODAY is Epiphany, 2014 – the day follow

TODAY is Epiphany, 2014 – the day followers of Jesus recall the visit of Magi, coming to worship THE KING. It is a time to remember that Jesus is more than ‘my personal savior’ or the ‘Jewish Messiah’. He is, … Continue reading

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“Meetings done poorly are clutter in a

“Meetings done poorly are clutter in a leader’s life.” – Mark Miller

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Change…and the Nesting Instinct

If you’ve been following my last two blogs, you know I find myself in the midst of a change-series. I’m not sure that’s what I set out to do, but it is life in the present. So, here is the … Continue reading

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