Communication in the Church

Safe Church 2009

I got a heartbreaking email today.  I know it is sincere.  I know it is well meant.  I know it is representative of a large group of today’s United Methodist believers.  What I believe… let me reiterate, it is my belief… is that it is an opinion grounded in fear […]

Perspectival Prestidigitation

What I said: “No matter how well we are doing, we can always do better.  There is virtually nothing we do that cannot be improved.” What people heard: “No matter what we do, it’s never good enough.” “Our best efforts are doomed to fail.”  “We’re obviously doing it wrong.” “We’re […]

Cagey Christians

A couple weeks ago I posted a blog called Cranky Christians, so this, I guess could be considered a companion piece.  Whereas cranky Christians are those who gripe and moan about every little thing, throwing tantrums to get their own way, and acting out in a wide variety of unpleasant […]

Children of God: Childlike or Childish?

Overheard, two pastors talking: Well, if this amendment passes, I can tell you one thing.  My church isn’t going to pay its apportionments this year! What?  You mean if you disagree with the decision you’d withhold apportionments?  That’s kind of childish, isn’t it? Hey, I’m not childish.  I’m childlike. Um, no, […]

Dan Dick Is A Jerk

A pastor came up to me with a devilish grin on his face.  “Have you seen this?” he asked, shoving a copy of an email under my nose.  It seems I irritated a prominent, high profile pastor of one of our premiere large membership congregations with my thoughts on the […]