Jason’s Upside Down World

Jason’s Upside Down World

If asked to identify a favorite New Testament character, most of us go with the predictable and obvious: Barnabbas, Mary, Nathaniel, Peter, Lydia, Timothy, Phoebe. You know the list. Let me remind you of an obscure character who can remind us of an important truth...
What the Gloomy Predictions about Church Overlook

What the Gloomy Predictions about Church Overlook

Are you tired of the doomsday rhetoric about the church in America? Have you noticed that the bandwagon of those predicting the imminent demise of congregational life is filled to capacity? Are you ready to tune out another diatribe proclaiming that the church ship is...
The Essential Skill for a 21st Century Pastor

The Essential Skill for a 21st Century Pastor

I am increasingly focusing my time and attention on discerning what is the primary leadership skill needed among pastors for this season of the Protestant church in America. While it is dangerous to paint with too broad a brush, it appears to me that pastors of...
The Ox Bow Lake Church

The Ox Bow Lake Church

A friend was telling me about an organization that is struggling to adapt to some very necessary changes. While not a church, the observation she made about their inability to adjust to a changing world rings true for many of us. Her observation focused on the...
Jesus on Strategic Planning

Jesus on Strategic Planning

Building a congregation’s life around a clear vision and purpose is an easy thing to believe in. Aligning that purpose with biblical teaching and witness is an agreeable notion. I seldom encounter a leader or leadership group who resists the idea that the path toward...