Why community gardens and co-working spaces are cop outs

Last week I approvingly quoted Andrew Forrest from an interview on Duke's Faith & Leadership blog: "Every dying church in America has a community garden. Every dying church in America has a co-working space. What do I mean by that? I have no problem with community gardens; a garden is a beautiful thing. And I … Continue reading Why community gardens and co-working spaces are cop outs

Making a life or making a living?

Imagine sitting down with a financial planner and in addition to totaling your bank accounts and mapping your investments, you also mapped your significant relationships and explored your relationship to your home.

What is a pastor (cont’d)?

I'm on something of an intellectual journey to understand the essence of ordained ministry (the presbyterate and deaconate). I'm doing this for a couple of reasons. The first is that, by nature, I'm an inquisitive person and the challenge of exploring this sort of topic is really exciting to me. Second, there seem to be … Continue reading What is a pastor (cont’d)?

Can we see beyond the faith and science impasse?

James K. A. Smith has an interesting article in Christianity Today, "What Galileo's Telescope Can't See." Read it here. Our present historical moment is marked by significant turbulence around the issue of creation/origins (specifically), and the relationship of science and faith (generally). In the midst of what Charles Taylor refers to as "cross-pressures" we can … Continue reading Can we see beyond the faith and science impasse?

What is the place of the Eucharist in Reformed worship?

I was in conversation with several other pastors today discussing Jonathan Haidt's book, The Righteous Mind. It's a popular introduction to moral psychology. I hope to review it here once I read the entire book. As we were discussing the book, we started to talk about how worship forms us to live the good life. … Continue reading What is the place of the Eucharist in Reformed worship?