Endangered denominations?

As the local church goes, so go the denominations and institutions that support her. The local church can do without denominations. Denominations can’t do without the local church. This reality calls for a radical shift in focus (or, perhaps, purpose) for denominations (and the institutions that support the church). We need to shift our focusContinue reading “Endangered denominations?”

It’s the local church…

It’s the economy, stupid! James Carville During Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, campaign director James Carville famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid!” Carville believed that the primary thing that mattered to voters was the economy. If you can’t see that, according to Carville, you’re stupid. I work for a church denomination(MC USA). I’m often askedContinue reading “It’s the local church…”

Riot in a padded cell…

There were (are) riots in Baltimore. In an press conference on April 28, the Mayor of Baltimore – Stephanie Rawlings-Blake – said, It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we tried to make sure that [the police] were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those whoContinue reading “Riot in a padded cell…”

Choose who you listen to…

In my experience as a pastor for over two decades, I’ve learned many lessons. Here’s the one on my mind today. A strong, strong, strong, majority of people are people of good will. They will receive you and your story – both the negative and positive aspects – and respond in honest, truthful, loving, supportiveContinue reading “Choose who you listen to…”

Live long and prosper | The death of Leonard Nimoy and my imagination

A while back I was listening to local talk radio. The question they were discussing was, “Is there a famous person, that you don’t know personally, that – if they died – you would cry?” I’ve had some interesting conversations with people around that question.  At the time, I couldn’t think of anyone in particular. ThenContinue reading “Live long and prosper | The death of Leonard Nimoy and my imagination”

God compels us to try

Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too oftenContinue reading “God compels us to try”

Do my ears itch? | An exploration of the use of 2 Timothy 4:3

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. – 2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:3 is often pulled out in the church inContinue reading “Do my ears itch? | An exploration of the use of 2 Timothy 4:3”