Be a Bridge

Human sexuality and the church isn’t something I really thought I’d write about or frankly even want to write about. I spent a few days in San Francisco for a seminar, a city that sort of makes you deal with the issue. On Sunday, I attended worship at Glide Memorial Church. They have a long…

Face-to-Face

I attended a meeting in Chicago and we had an evening meal with a local church that has seen its neighborhood change.  Like many congregations, the choices are adapt or fail.  This small congregation has decided to embrace refugee and immigrant families and reformat its future. After sharing a meal together, families from different continents…

We are Chosen for Joy

John 15: 11 NRSV – I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. I have often wondered if we should post this over every entrance to every church building – This is a place of joy, so change your frown or…

Weeds or Wheat?

As I have begun to read parables and read about parables, I have a couple observations.  First, that Jesus guy was one smart dude.  He made the stories simple enough to be understood by children and profound enough that they’ve been studied for centuries. Second, my understanding of parables is more at the children end…

What The Future Holds for Churches

Traveled into Mississippi for the first time.  It’s a lot like South Dakota where I live, except they have trees and hills and funny accents. What surprised me more than anything was the number of churches. It’s not only the Bible belt, it’s the church belt.  Wow,  there are really a lot of churches.  And…

Planning or Doing?

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Allen Sauders and in a song by John Lennon. Our oldest son has always been a planner. Even as a little kid he would spend HOURS planning. He’d take cars and line them up, decide how to group them, or plan future purchases.…

Brushes with Death

I’ve had some different relationships with death. Growing up, we rarely would go out to eat. If dad had a funeral and received an honorarium, he’d take the family to a restaurant. While I can’t say I hoped for people to die, it sure was nice to go out to eat every once in a…