Build and tear down

Sometimes the same leader who builds up a church can destroy it.

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The complexity of short-term missions

It has to be more than religious tourism.

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Gay Christians exist: The LGBT issue, part 4

How even ardent traditionalists now (sometimes) acknowledge the existence of gay Christians.

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Apocalyptic sex: Lest we forget

Christian history suggests the Church just can’t resolve the flesh/spirit dilemma, past or present.

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Change we can all support: The LGBT issue, part 3

Much has changed for LGBT people in America since Anita Bryant and Jerry Falwell days — change we all can support, I hope.

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Missing the point over the border crisis

Until Congress does its job to reform immigration policy, we have no other option than sheltering and caring for the refugees.

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‘Snowpiercer’ offers distorted image of how God works

Do the well-off have a responsibility to care for the poor?

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Building a high trust leadership culture

Staff issues nearly always figure in the mix in a church conflict.

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In church on Saturday

A visit to the National Civil Rights Museum takes an unexpected twist.

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Selfies

Millennials advocate radical freedom and that’s good. But the shadow side is the devaluing of community.

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What exactly is the issue? The LGBT issue, part 2

Historic Christian understandings of sexuality are being reevaluated due to evidence offered in the lives of those who do not fit the norm, together with associated research and mental health efforts. 

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Still challenged by wealth and poverty

Has the church scurried away from the poor or have poor people given up on the church and left it?

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Blessing the stressed out

Pastoral care, community and conversation can be lifelines for the stressed out among us.

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Dialogue — or monologue?

Sometimes what’s called “dialogue” feels like a concerted effort to change others’ views.

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The camp of the litmus-testers

Just when you think you know the lay of the land, the gospel invites you to love harder.

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What do we stand for?

Maybe we need to look at all of Scripture.

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The dead-end of revenge

The “fall to violence” could be the original sin.

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Navel gazing

Is the church too busy attending meetings and talking with itself?

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What’s in a name?

Instead of talking about a war on poverty, we need to be talking about solidarity with the poor.

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Reckoning with the children on our doorstep

When unaccompanied children show up at our front door, the Jesus question gets really simple.

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