When you use a word…

Missional…I can hear the groans. In church circles (does anyone else use that word?) the word missional is overused and ill-defined. That makes it practically useless. Yet, it seems church folks insist on using it. It goes a step further. Often people use the word missional to communicate something important/distinct/etc. while actually complaining that theContinue reading “When you use a word…”

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”