Month: October 2009

Say It — A Rant

I am not known for keeping my mouth shut.  I often say things in public settings that get me in trouble (see Minding Our Own Business).  But, you know what?  I don’t think letting people know we are Christian should be such a big, hairy deal.  I said something in […]

United Methodist Liburies

Loving books, God and the church impels me to look at local church libraries whenever I visit a new place.  Were we to view church libraries as a “witness” to a church’s learning and beliefs, we would generally be misled.  Church libraries are odd little repositories for an eclectic and […]

Captives to Comfort

I spoke with a pastor recently who told me his congregation sold a gift of land, not because they needed the money, but because they were afraid they might have to move.  The parcel of land was larger, centrally located to new developments in the fastest growing area in the […]

Near Miss Worship

No one sets out to offer vacuous, insipid, superficial, or self-absorbed worship.  Pastors and lay leaders both dedicate themselves to creating meaningful, spiritual and authentic worship experiences.  Yet, at a gathering of 21-29 year olds who have “given up on church” that took place in 2007 , these were the top […]

New and Improved Dark Ages

Flipping through TV channels, I paused on a sincere, yet bizarre religious show where in a matter of moments I heard that the devil is working on perverting our children, that there is absolutely no scientific evidence in support of evolution, that all homosexuals are atheists out to destroy the […]

Working Ourselves to Death

Someone I went to seminary with passed away recently, and I found it interesting that colleagues and members of his churches fondly and appreciatively noted that “he was so dedicated.  He must have worked 80 hours a week, at least!”  Many people made mention of his Herculean work style, often […]

Church Is Easy, People Are Hard

“My people won’t let me take a day off,” confessed a colleague. “What do you mean “won’t let you?” I asked. “I mean that they call me and they hunt me down.  They will not leave me alone.” “Well, what are you doing about it?  How are you defining and […]