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Dan R. Dick

I am the lead pastor at People's United Methodist Church in the Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church, husband of my beautiful wife, Barbara, dad to my fantastic son, Josh and his wife Caroline, step-dad to my phenomenal son, Greg, his wife Hannah and our fabulous/glorious/perfect granddaughter Evie, author of seventeed books on spirituality, stewardship, congregational development, research, and spiritual gifts discovery, and an advocate for a more loving, inclusive church for the 21st century and beyond.

Maundy Thursday and the Everlasting Supper

There is a wealth of irony within the gospel stories, but nowhere is the irony greater than in the synoptic stories we call “the Last Supper.”  Jesus, facing imminent destruction, sitting with the ragtag bunch of bozos that still don’t quite get what is coming, loving them as dear friends […]

Jesus, Dyed For Our Sins

While driving through Illinois, a roadside sign made me get off the highway and circle around again just to be sure I saw what I thought I saw: “Yummy Jesus Goodness!” printed in huge red letters.  A very sweet, jolly clone of Mrs. Santa Claus sat behind a trestle table selling homemade […]

Resurrectitude

“It’s a damn impossibility.  If Jesus came back, then Jesus never died in the first place!” “You are an idiot!  Just because you have never seen it happen, it can’t be true!” “People don’t come back from the dead.  Near-death experiences are just that, NEAR death.” “Jesus wasn’t “people.”  Jesus […]

Metaphoraging

It is striking to me that the very healthiest congregations I visit all have a unique, compelling, and descriptive metaphor at the heart of their sense of identity and purpose.  One describes itself as an orchard where seeds of faith are planted and nurtured to produce fruit that feeds and […]

Typographical Terrors

April Fool’s Day inspired me to dig out a list of goofs, gaffs, and giggles from church signs, bulletins, newsletters, banners, cookbooks, and emails.  This is just for fun… or not. From a church cookbook recipe for “Southwestern Stew” — 1 small child, dried, ground to a fine powder. From […]

Science & Religion — Ten Degrees of Separation

War is a horrible thing, especially an unnecessary and meaningless war.  One such terrible and tragic conflict exists between science and religion.  The popular media loves the whole idea — physics vs. metaphysics, secular vs. spiritual, rational vs. emotional, fact vs. fiction — and always portrays the issue in stark […]

Tearing Down the Church… Together

The results are in on my study on destructive forces in the church.  Beginning in 2005 and continuing to the present, I have been analyzing the negative, destructive, damaging, unhelpful, hostile, and hurtful practices at work in our communities of “open hearts, open minds, and open doors.”  A whopping 86% […]

The Important-Good Distinction

I have long made the differentiation between “good” and “important” books.   In my experience, all good books are important, but there are many important books that are anything but good.  The Shack is an important book, (but in few ways good) as are The Prayer of Jabez, The Secret, The […]

Best Book: The New Faces of Christianity

This week’s Best Book is Philip Jenkins’, The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South.  Jenkins presents a thoroughly-researched, well thought-out, and highly provocative prediction of the future of global Christianity in the 21st century.  This is a book every pastor and laity leader will find […]