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About dkamphuis

I'm an ELCA pastor preaching, teaching, thinking, and writting about what it means to be the church today.

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Mercy for the in-between – a sermon on Ferguson and Thanksgiving

Author’s note: I don’t usually post my sermons on this blog, mostly because I don’t write anything down when I preach, but if you are interested in what an inner-city pastor preaches on Thanksgiving (with Ferguson in the headlines) then … Continue reading

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Four beliefs about ministry that I got completely wrong

Here is a revelation about me: I’m frequently wrong. And I don’t mean every day, run of the mill mistakes either (although that certainly happens too). I mean mistakes on the scale of Greedo thinking it was a good idea … Continue reading

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All I have – Matthew 25:1-13

I have a confession to make: I have sincerely prayed “Amen! Come Lord Jesus.”¬†And I don’t mean “come Lord Jesus” in a “I hope I have a meaningful communion experience” way or “I hope I meet Jesus in the face … Continue reading

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Hymns for a difficult church: retrospective on Millennials & Church

I have a confession to make… There are certain hymns that I just can’t stand. ¬†These aren’t complicated, hard to sing hymns either. No, I mean that there are classic hymns whose lyrics drive me crazy. Why is my ire … Continue reading

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The good, the bad, and the ugly: the weekly roundup

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of the greatest westerns ever made and also one of my favorite movies. It also makes for a convenient structure for talking about what I’ve been reading and learning this week. … Continue reading

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5 Reasons why inner-city ministry is awesome

“That Church is so beautiful. If only it wasn’t in that neighborhood…” Someone says that comment to me on a regular basis these days. You see, I’m pastor of church in the inner-city. My Church is a beautiful cathedral of … Continue reading

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