I wrote yesterday about how churches need to consider contemporary realities in the way we schedule our programs. In other words: the time, energy, and gifts and resources of families has changed significantly over the last twenty years. If churches fail to take these shifting realities seriously then our ministry will become less effective. It … Continue reading Salvation, sacraments, and Sunday sports
"Consider the circumstances of the average family in a local church. Families have those same four resources—time, energy, gifts and resources—but the deck is dealt very differently. A family with young children; with one or two people working; with school and associated commitments; with life-administration; who also want to have meaningful relationships within their community… … Continue reading The church's biggest challenge
2017 has arrived with a whimper while 2016 has gone the way of the dodo while making a rude gesture, pneumonia. I'm almost a week into this thing, and I'm growing tired of it. Of all the things to get? Pneumonia? I feel like I ought to be in cottage hospital at Downtown Abbey. The … Continue reading My life as a patient
Over the eight years since we first became parents, I have found December to be the hardest month of the year. Period. And it's about this time every year--that is, mid-month--that I start thinking to myself, can't we just cut December from the calendar? No. My middle name isn't Ebenezer or Grinch. I really do … Continue reading Does anyone else hate December?
Leadership is not giving people what they want. It isn't telling them what they want to hear.