It’s Not Your Fault

It’s Not Your Fault

I was working with a church in northern California, a church with a long history and many years of vibrant ministry.  But now it was struggling.  The church was down to its last 40 or so members, and most of them were older. The church was founded years ago as a...
Watching the Future Emerge Together

Watching the Future Emerge Together

I am fascinated by the things that turn out to have retro appeal. People warn you not to get rid of your old clothes (the classic case being bellbottom jeans), “because they’re sure to come back in style again.” The whole business model for the cable channel Nick at...
Preaching from the Purple Pulpit

Preaching from the Purple Pulpit

Except in very rare cases, there is always a bit of tension between a pastor and his/her congregation when it comes to preaching, especially prophetic preaching. We all know a few congregations where a liberal pastor and liberal congregation seem to be perfectly...
Is It Post-Christendom Yet?

Is It Post-Christendom Yet?

It was one of lines you read in a book and then say to yourself, “Well, of course that’s true, but I’ve never realized it until now.” It came from one of the thousands of “post-modernity/post-Christendom” books that scream at us to read them before our congregation’s...
Those to Whom Much is Given

Those to Whom Much is Given

It was a shockingly wonderful gift. The church I was serving as interim pastor was notified that a long time member left her house to the church’s foundation upon her death.  The donation was given with no restrictions on how it was to be managed or to be used. This...