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About Eddie Pipkin

Eddie Pipkin has 30 years in ministry experience at churches in Georgia and Florida, primarily in the United Methodist Church. His ministry leadership includes stints in youth and children's ministry, creative worship design, outreach and missions, communications, special event coordination, and leadership development. He currently resides in Orlando, Florida. His original careers were in journalism and teaching at the college level, and he has a Master's Degree in English from the University of Central Florida (with an emphasis in creative writing). He also has worked as an independent editor, and he has an alter-ego known as the Rapping Lamb. He is an avid cyclist, outdoorsman and pie aficionado.

The Whole Hog

By Eddie Pipkin I love ritual and tradition (which kind of makes sense for this line of work, doesn’t it?)  So, every year, I eat the same thing on New Year’s Day.  Like the southern boy my momma raised me to be, I have to ring in the first page on the calendar with a [...]

No Bahs No Humbugs

By Eddie Pipkin You might have picked up on my great affection for Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  It is one of my favorite stories of any season, not just Christmas.  It’s perfect in structure, effective in imaginatively exploring big themes and influential as a literary and cultural phenomenon.  I’ve read it dozens of times and [...]

Merry Christmas!

By Eddie Pipkin Christmas is here, a full and frantic season for all you merry elves of ministry.  So, let us just take a moment to wish you a blessed and happy time with family and friends (as well as the extended, adopted circles of family and friends you choose to care for because this [...]

Van Gogh, Dickens, and Basketball

By Eddie Pipkin Since I’m always keenly attuned, whenever I attend any public event, to the dynamics of venues, programming, and hospitality, the past 10 days has been a gift that kept giving.  I was blessed to attend three distinctly different experiences, and each reinforced the other with lessons in how we can offer what [...]

Cheerleaders

By Eddie Pipkin Last weekend I ran a half marathon.  It was the second one I had done, and it felt like I was woefully unprepared.  My training schedule had been disrupted by some unplanned travel, I was battling various minor injuries, and to top it off, I got sick the weekend before the race.  [...]

How to Start The Wave

By Eddie Pipkin There was a lot of great football on last weekend, and if you watched any of it while you were digesting all that turkey, at some point you noted a spontaneous, ubiquitous phenomenon familiar to modern sports fans the world over.  It’s called The Wave, and if you’ve ever been to a [...]

Thanks-selfies

By Eddie Pipkin Here we are, arrived at the cusp of the Day of Giving Thanks.  And you’ll be expressing gratitude in all manner of ways for all manner of benefactions.  Gratitude, as I like to say, is the cornerstone of a well-lived life.  But while you’re out there guiding others in gratitude exercises, articulating [...]

When in Hallmark Land

By Eddie Pipkin I was stranded trying to get home this week when my Jeep gave up the ghost in Georgia, where I’d been helping family for a few days.  I was already a day behind schedule, delayed due to wrapping up some promised projects, and I was anxious to get back to Orlando and [...]

Everybody Needs Some LaMelo

by Eddie Pipkin Every organization needs a LaMelo.  If you don’t know what a LaMelo is, read on, dear friend.  But believe me when I say that your life will be richer, your organization freshly empowered, the creative possibilities expanded, and the energy levels amped to 11 if you get some metaphorical LaMelo in your [...]

Church as Extended Family

By Eddie Pipkin Last week, I experienced two different insights into how the church might (or might not) respond to cultural shifts by functioning as an extended family for people who need new ways to connect to others and need support for getting through life’s day-to-day challenges.  One of these moments was reading a long-form [...]

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