Posts Tagged ‘Matthew Kozlowski’

In Case You Missed It: Best of the Summer 2014

This summer was full of helpful at inspiring articles at Building Faith. But we realize that with travel, time off, or just taking a break, you may have missed some of these terrific posts. Today we are posting the best of June:

How to Write an Ordination Card – Five Tips

Yesterday was the feast of Pentecost, and the Holy Spirit is moving! This is also the time of year when there tend to be a good many ordinations (when someone becomes a deacon, priest, pastor, minister, bishop – depending on your denomination). Your presence at an ordination is a powerful witness of support. Then there is the question: do I bring a gift? A card? Well, a gift is usually not necessary. But a card is wonderful. What to say? Here are five tips to point you in the right direction.

Five Lessons that a Baseball Park can Teach the Church

Last week I took my three year old daughter Maria to her first baseball game. It rained. Well, like they say in Bull Durham, “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”

While the hour long delay wore on my nerves, Maria could not have cared less. She had a hotdog, crackerjack, and ice cream. And in truth, it wasn’t so bad for me either. Looking around Nationals Park, I asked myself, “What are the elements of this setting that make it welcoming, engaging, and enjoyable, even in a downpour?”

It did stop raining, and we enjoyed a few innings. Coming out of the experience, I am now pleased to offer five things that the church can learn from a ball park.

A Story for Holy Week: “Ragman”

This is Holy Week, and many of you out there might be wondering what you might share with your Bible study, small group, youth group, or other group.

For you preachers out there, you may be looking a list of services and plugging in sermons, illustrations, and messages.
Or perhaps you are simply trying to faithfully observe Holy Week (not simple at all!) and looking for some extra inspiration.Here is a powerful short story you can use.

Hand it Over: Why Giving Something Up for Lent Matters

The purpose of Lenten discipline, I have discovered, is to draw closer to Jesus Christ. Full stop. Growing deeper into Christ’s love is the compelling reason to give something up for Lent; and it is no coincidence that this is also the only way to succeed in doing so.

Rejoice! Building Faith Continues

For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace. The mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. -Isaiah 55:12     Greetings and blessings to you, whether you are a long time reader or new to this site.  […]