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My preference? No peas, please!

by Tim Studstill — November 21, 2013

No peas, and never canned green peas. That is the one menu request I made of my soon-to-be-wife some three decades ago. She has never served them to me, thank you very much!

My aversion to this spherical, colorful starchy vegetable began in elementary school. Something about the aroma and texture of the drab green veggie on my plastic lunch tray turned my stomach. I decided one of the privileges of adulthood would be the choice never to eat another canned green pea.

However, my mother occasionally brought home a brand of canned peas packaged in a silver label with a fancy French name. Those were tolerable. I also…

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We Need More Glue

by Tim Studstill — October 21, 2013

If you are falling apart, you need more glue! According to Kathleen Chapman, keynote speaker for our upcoming Children’s Worship University, “The glue is worship – worshipping God!” She presents this challenging concept in her book, Teaching Kids Authentic Worship: How to Keep Them Close to God for Life.

Decades of children’s leaders have enticed kids to attend, memorize, perform, etc., using fun gimmicks that produce immediate results. Yet a disheartening percentage of these well-taught children end up walking away from God as youth or young adults. Why? How do we connect the energy and excitement so appealing to children…

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“The Show Must Go On”

by Tim Studstill — August 12, 2013

Did you hear the one about the three staff members comparing notes after their meetings with the finance committee? The youth pastor was a little glum about being asked to reduce his budget by ten percent. The education minister was pleased to find he could keep his proposed budget at 100 percent. While hearing the other two discuss the issue, the music minister sat uncharacteristically silent. When asked how his meeting had gone, he tried to change the subject. Finally he reluctantly admitted that the committee had raised his budget proposal by 25 percent! Stunned, the other two asked for an explanation. In response, the…

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I Have Arrived!

by Tim Studstill — July 9, 2013

Have I mentioned before that I really love to travel? I thrive on new experiences, opportunities, restaurants, scenery, people and places. I have often found, however, that the first time I go someplace can be a little frustrating, perhaps even intimidating, until I get my bearings in a new environment.

Driving is my preferred manner of transportation around Texas, but my tight schedule this past year has necessitated many flights to get me there and back again in time to go somewhere else and back again. Again. But there is a silver lining to all of this flying: I am now a frequent flyer with one of my favorite airlines! As…

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For What It’s Worth

by Tim Studstill — June 20, 2013

It seems I am more frequently taking notice of celebrations honoring both the living and the deceased. (is it my age?) Both of these celebrations cause me to contemplate several things, one of which is, “Is it worth it?” My brain also filters this through my lens of ministry in the church.

A common theme comes into focus, a common element in the lives of people who have lived life well: They focus on other people.

They spend themselves serving. Ministering. Giving. Loving. Encouraging. Mentoring. Supporting.

These heroes also tend to be growing. Learning. Changing. Evolving. Winning. Losing. Discovering. Trying. Living.

That’s…

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