Tuesday, 09 September 2014 13:34

The worst of times … really?

Despite the handwringing, there are plenty of encouraging signs for church life in the 21st century.

Published in Vital Signs
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:17

The tears we need to shed

Many conflicts in congregations are at least partially due to our loss of wonder at God’s grace and love.

Published in Vital Signs
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:56

Martyrdom is for real martyrs

There is nearly always someone who has it worse than we do.

Published in Vital Signs
Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:07

Alban: A death and a resurrection

It’s time for those who desire to help congregations to reconceptualize their ministry.

Published in Commentaries
When you move past theory, ministry is often an issue of how we implement what we believe, and at that point, we are in a constant quest for good practices and methodologies. Healthy clergy are always on the lookout for best practices that breath life into their ministry and thus their place of service.
Published in Other Opinions
Despite our illusions, none of us is capable of living the life God has called us to alone.  We all need someone, some group, some community to help us fulfill God’s dream for our life. We may be extraordinarily gifted, wealthy, wise, self-sufficient and independent, but in the end, it will not be enough.
Published in 2011 Archives
Sunday, 05 June 2011 20:00

VITAL SIGNS: Dreaming with God

I’ve made a transition in recent years in the way I think and talk about God’s will. For many people, the will of God is a mysterious, elusive and frustrating concept. Too often, we have made it into a game that borders on God playing “keep away” with us. We speak of God’s will as though it was something he hides or does not want us to know.
Published in 2011 Archives
My seminary-student son recently told me about a website called soulpancake.com. Specifically, he mentioned a thread of responses to the question “What do you lie to yourself about?” When I went to the site and began to read the anonymous responses, I was struck by the honesty and the poignancy.
Published in 2010 Archives

So what do we make of the rising tide of conflict in local congregations? First of all, is there actually an increase in conflict? Anecdotally, the number of calls and conversations we are having around conflict seem to indicate that local church conflict is becoming more frequent and widespread.

Published in 2010 Archives
Monday, 20 September 2010 20:00

VITAL SIGNS: When conflict turns ugly

One of the saddest truths Iabout conflict in congregations is how destructive it can be. Years of progress and effective ministry can be negated by unhealthy conflict. With so very much at stake, it is imperative that every congregation deliberately cultivate a capacity for managing conflict.
Published in 2010 Archives
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