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Another Star Tribune Article!

  We just got more great publicity from the Star Tribune!  How cool is that?!  The article was on churches that market themselves through Twitter and Facebook.  Of course, a photograph of me and Substance was randomly put into the article.  Talk about random!  People started calling me last Sunday saying:  “Pastor… what a cool little…
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Teaching Church Planters! Yay!

  Wow, I just got to do one of the coolest things yesterday.  In case you didn’t know, we belong to one of the most amazing church organizations called the Association of Related Churches. (ARC).   Yesterday was a national “C.P.R.” Church Planters Roundtable where people fly in from all across the country to learn about…
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Are you an American Idol Fan?

Are you an American Idol Fan? I told myself:  “Peter, you are not gonna watch that this year.”  And of course, for some reason, I got sucked in again.  Last year, the worship pastor of one of my mentor pastors got into the finals (remember Chris Sligh).  So, of course, I had to vote. After…
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Innovation in Washington D.C.

What a crazy 24 hours!I just got back from a cool event in Washington D.C.No. I didn’t go for the national day of prayer.(However, I did throw a few up while I was there).Rather, it was basically a pastor’s round-table discussing the emerging forms of 21st century Pentecostalism.But the topic itself wasn’t the coolest part.The…
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Happy Birthday Carolyn

My wife and I started dating over 17 years ago!We’re celebrating her 34th birthday today.And that means, we’ve been together for more years than we’ve been apart.Isn’t that crazy?In fact, for her 17th birthday, I bought her a cassette tape of a band called “The Cure.”(And, if you don’t know what a cassette tape is,…
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Our Newest Staff Member

Well Substance, I’d like you to welcome Substance’s newest pastor:  “Reverend Mark Mellon” (O.K., but you don’t actually have to call him reverend).  Yes, indeed, the Substance staff family is growing!  And I know that hiring Mark won’t surprise hardly any of you.  After all, he virtually runs all of our Sunday morning ministry teams. …
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“Stinkin’ Cool Pastors” Alert

Last Night I just hung out with some pastor friends, Tory and Elizabeth Farina.Talk about a fun couple!Seriously, every time I hang with them they make me feel like a million bucks (that’s a nice skill when you’re a pastor).As for me:I have an ability to make people around me more sarcastic.And, yes, that’s a…
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Substance Recordings Have Begun!

  For years I’ve been telling people that God’s got a call on this church to do worship albums.  In fact, my associate recently told me that 7 of the final 14 bands in the classic 3 degrees band tournament are Substance members.  (translation:  “We’ve got a stinking amazing number of talented musicians.”) Of course, a…
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We’re Gonna Get “Deep” on Sundays in April

  Today I took my daughter, True to Barnes and Noble.  My daughter thinks that she’s a coffee connoisseur; but, really, she just loves double chocolate chip frappuccinos.   Of course, she promises that she’ll share it with me; but, really she inhales it before I even get a single sip  (& then she has the…
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Stinkin’ Cool Church Alert!

Well, sorry I was gone this last Sunday.  I heard that Pastor Rob Ketterling from River Valley Church absolutely knocked it out of the park.  And in case you’re wondering he’s always that authentic.   Everyone says that he reminds them of the actor Jeremy Piven (You know… the actor with that sexy voice.)  Anyway…I was…
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