Tag: Jeff McLain

The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

In Matthew 6:19-24, in part of His sermon on the mount, Jesus addresses the treasures of humanity – money, and stuff. These are the two things that we seemingly can never have enough of. To the audience that is gathered with him on that mountainside, he teaches them how our craving for more money and…

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Invested Relationship: Working to find a common definition and understanding for local church membership.

Invested Relationship: Working to find a common definition and understanding for local church membership.

In 2015, in an article titled “Membership Matters,” Ed Stetzer reflected, “Bring up church membership and watch people squirm. It isn’t that people in culture are against membership as an idea—Costco seems to be doing well. Perhaps it is because church membership is not often defined well.” [1] In that article, Stetzer also writes, “But in the…

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2018: A few speaking opportunities I am really excited about.

2018: A few speaking opportunities I am really excited about.

On most Sundays, you will find me teaching and preaching at East Petersburg Mennonite Church. However, on occasion, I also get the invitation and opportunity to speak to other contexts. I love having conversation with other church communities, pastors, and church leaders. These opportunities give me a chance to not only share what I’ve learned,…

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Advent: Finding Peace Outside of the Nostalgia and Embellishment

Advent: Finding Peace Outside of the Nostalgia and Embellishment

For me, there is something really nostalgic about listening to the classic Christmas songs on vinyl records. To be honest, this nostalgic experience and practice has been a tradition for me, well before indie-types have created a culture in which popularized collecting and playing vinyl records. Some of my favorites to spin have always been…

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Parish Resource Center presents Neighboring Well: Living Like Jesus in Your Community

Parish Resource Center presents Neighboring Well: Living Like Jesus in Your Community

I want to invite you to “Neighboring Well: Living Like Jesus in Your Community,” at the Parish Resource Center, on November 6th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Neighboring Well is an panel discussion in which I have been asked to be part of, looking at how we as followers of Jesus and as churches can…

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Free Neighborhood Bonfire at East Petersburg Mennonite Church on Tuesday, October 31

Free Neighborhood Bonfire at East Petersburg Mennonite Church on Tuesday, October 31

Tomorrow, October 31st, I am inviting you to the 4th Annual Neighborhood Bonfire at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This is one of my favorite times of the year. Friends, families, and neighbors will enjoy warming up around firepits as they trick-or-treat. This is a fun event to drop in and drop out. However,…

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Lancaster Newspapers’ “A Good Neighbor Policy,” and My Own Thoughts on Neighboring with a Purposeful Plan, Place and Presence.

Lancaster Newspapers’ “A Good Neighbor Policy,” and My Own Thoughts on Neighboring with a Purposeful Plan, Place and Presence.

On Monday morning, I enjoyed a conversation with Lancaster Newspapers‘ Staff Writer Earle Cornelius inside the lobby at East Petersburg Mennonite Church. I deeply enjoyed my time with Earle Cornelius – it was certainly one of the best times and interviews that I have ever had with a reporter. As we met and talked – I was presented…

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Series Exploring Intentional and Invested Presence in Our Neighborhoods

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Series Exploring Intentional and Invested Presence in Our Neighborhoods

No matter where I have lived, and I have lived many places, I have loved learning to be really intentional and invested in the neighborhood, or area, that I call home. Some of you may have heard me say this before, but I love to intentionally; live, breathe, play, invest, work, eat, shop and worship as much…

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