Christian discipleship

Witnesses to the Mystery

My wife, Barbara, is a mystery to me.  She loves me in spite of all my shortcomings, demands, infirmities, and idiosyncrasies.  She is so smart, dynamic, funny and balanced.  I really don’t deserve her… and she certainly doesn’t deserve all the garbage she gets from me!  And yet she loves […]

The Care and Feeding of Faithful Stewards

Stewardship is both a worldview and a practice.  Stewardship is a way of relating to God’s creation, not simply something we do in and for the church.  Stewardship is about how we choose to live our Christian faith in the world. The concept of Christian stewardship was so corrupted and […]

Been There, Done That

I wonder how many United Methodists are simply tired and bored with the same old, same old?  There is a growing dual attitude about our churches that is important to note: some feel that we are irrelevant while others feel that we are little more than boring.  Not everyone.  I […]

Driven to Abstraction

Recently, a young pastor shared this story with me.  He and his congregation studied Vital Signs together over a year ago, and they have been working to balance their inward focus (ministries for the membership) with an outward focus (ministries to the community).  He thought the church was doing a really […]

Holy Hyper-Ventilation!

Question:  Which is more important, inhaling or exhaling? Answer:  Depends on which you did last… Breathing requires both, and life depends on good breathing.  Too little oxygen leads to asphyxiation; too much to hyper-ventilation.  You can’t be good at one and bad at the other.  No one can say, “Well, […]

Choosing the MiDL Way

Recent articles from Barna, Alban and Gallup highlight a growing trend in young America — a deep desire to be engaged in activities that make a positive contribution to others and that yield immediate results.  We are witnessing a shift from passivity to engagement — not a new phenomenon, but […]