OPINION: God moved into the neighborhood

Have you ever had the opportunity to drive through an old neighborhood and thought, “Why haven’t they just bulldozed this whole place? This is a mess! This is an eyesore! The people still living here should get a medal.” How do we respond to a place like this?

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LEADERSHIP LINK: Prophets: champions of compassion

Prophets are rare today. Traditionally, they expose our blind spots, unclog our deaf ears and rub raw our calloused hearts. This challenging prophetic function is largely unappreciated by the church and the world. As a result, prophets often fight their friends and love their enemies. Read More

VITAL SIGNS: Making sense of change

Everywhere I look, I see transitions underway as we close out 2013. Whether it be friends in the news business, local congregations, ministers in transition, my own employment situation or significant family transitions, everyone is undergoing some sort of change. Read More

WINN RECOMMENDS: Books that matter

An antidote to anyone resistant to the temptations to produce numbers in church and hungry for simple connection with others; a collection of sermons which challenge the church to boldly be the church; and a collection of poetry which wrestles with the places of loss and leanness in life. Read More