Leadership: The relationship between church and business

If I ran a business the way you run the church, it would be bankrupt Raise your hand if you’re a pastor or church leader and you’ve ever heard that complaint!  I see that hand…and that one…and that one… This is a common sentiment that gets expressed when poor leadership practices are clearly hurting theContinue reading “Leadership: The relationship between church and business”

Does it matter if we’re Mennonite? (a serious, in-house, question)

Does it matter? I’m knee deep in transcribing interviews, coding survey data and writing (Dmin thesis). It’s a bit like herding cats, only the cats are ideas and insights that have to be captured, and written down, and put into a coherent form. In the midst of all that, a question popped into my mind.Continue reading “Does it matter if we’re Mennonite? (a serious, in-house, question)”

A soft rant (delivered in love)

I hesitate to say this out loud, but it is something that bothers me every time it happens.  My words here are an honest reflection on how a particular comment I receive (semi-regularly) feels.  My words are not meant as a slam to those who make this – or similar – comments.  Those who sayContinue reading “A soft rant (delivered in love)”

Will the real “wretches” please stand up…

 Matthew 21:33 – 46 Beginning in Matthew 21:23 Jesus is teaching in the temple and the chief priests and the elders of the people engage him in a discussion about authority. He asks them some straight forward questions and then tells them some parables. Last week we explored the parable of the two sons. (youContinue reading “Will the real “wretches” please stand up…”

When you can’t tell the truth…

In Matthew 21:23 – 32, the chief priests and elders ask Jesus two direct questions. “By what right are you doing these things?” and “Who gave you this right?” They are questions about authority. In the religious system of Jesus’ day, the chief priests and elders of the people had authority to speak on God’sContinue reading “When you can’t tell the truth…”

In light of Ferguson, MO: Theology, liberation and gospel

Christian theology is a theology of liberation. It is a rational study of the being of God in the world in light of the existential situation of an oppressed community, relating the forces of liberation to the essence of the gospel, which is Jesus Christ. This means its sole reason for existence is to putContinue reading “In light of Ferguson, MO: Theology, liberation and gospel”