A bully is someone who "habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those they see as vulnerable." Perhaps surprisingly to many, churches are not immune to the threat of bullies. There are, in every congregation, people who tend to want to baptize their unhealthy behavior in the language of "I'm a lead, follow, or get out … Continue reading Dealing with church bullies
Barna reports that one in three practicing Christians has stoppped attending church. The report divides COVID-era Christians into at least three categories: (1) those who attend their own church digitally, (2) those who attend another church digitally, and (3) those who no longer attend any church digitally. Each of these three categories represents a third of those surveyed.
The longer I've found myself in leadership the more I've found myself using aphorisms or saying to communicate important lessons or principles. Many are from other sources, some are my own (those without a source). "Cooperation happens at the speed of trust." James N. Mattis "Idiots rarely lack confidence." "Character is fate." - Heraclitus 'People … Continue reading Leadership lessons
Our society has been living on a knife's edge. COVID-19 is making that arrangement untenable. The great recession of 2007 was an opportunity for many of us to recognize--perhaps for the first time in a generation--that our economic way of life is precarious at best. In that moment, the bursting of the mortgage-backed securities bubble … Continue reading An untenable life
I happened upon this video of a journalist and his friends who coverted a little shed into a writer's studio. It's short, so take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JYwDrbLvoY Building a writing shed from recycled materials I love the simplicity and the vision of this project. What a wonderful way to use materials that would, otherwise, be … Continue reading In search of a deeper life