The Path to Hope Leads Through Endurance

The Path to Hope Leads Through Endurance

I read a story recently by a man who lived in Houston during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  He and his neighbors felt a deep, intrinsic reward the first few days of shoveling muck from their homes, hosing off belongings, and saving their...
Adaptive Change During a Crisis – Kairos Time!

Adaptive Change During a Crisis – Kairos Time!

Like many at the start of this pandemic lockdown I went all Marie Kondo on my home. In the process I came across handwritten notes from a talk Ron Heifetz (Godfather of Adaptive Change) gave several years ago.  An audience member posed a question...
Pandemic Preaching

Pandemic Preaching

John Ruskin once wrote, “Preaching is thirty minutes to raise the dead.” This well-worn quote is worth hearing again. While our preaching during this pandemic may be shorter than thirty minutes due to online attention spans, the cultural moment that is...
Tomorrow

Tomorrow

“Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here.It’ll be, better than before. Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.”   These lyrics from an old Fleetwood Mac song call us to let go of yesterday and look forward to tomorrow. While most of us are...
Now What?

Now What?

My friend Mike Smith (recently retired pastor at Central Baptist Church, Fountain City TN and thinker extraordinaire) and I have been speculating about what is on the horizon for congregations and parishes as the next phase of the Covid-19 shutdown takes place. We’ve...
Navigating Our Emotions in Times Like These

Navigating Our Emotions in Times Like These

If it feels like your emotions are “all over the map” during these days of sequester and “physical distancing,” you are not alone. In addition to altering our schedules and delaying many of our plans, the closures and life interruptions will likely disrupt our sense...
When Can We Breathe Again?

When Can We Breathe Again?

As a church staff leader, are you in information and support options overload? These opportunities are coming to us quickly and with ever-changing details. New laws, technology, challenges, upset schedules, and unknown answers. I know I’m in overload, perhaps...
Lessons from a Hurricane for a Pandemic

Lessons from a Hurricane for a Pandemic

I still remember the moment I first saw the spaghetti models for Hurricane Florence heading right for us.  I’m not a native North Carolinian and most of the folks who’d grown up on the coast told me not worry too much until it was a lot closer, but...