Learning to Collaborate x 3

Learning to Collaborate x 3

  When I started out as a young associate pastor, I was deeply aware of how little I knew about ministry.  I wasn’t sure how to lead a congregation.  I didn’t know what my relationship should be with pastors and lay leaders who had been at the work far longer than...
Transience

Transience

Every year we have a new group of people on the stewardship committee that are ecstatic when we tell them that 10-12% of the pledge campaign comes from families that have never pledged before. And they are crestfallen when our financial secretary informs them that...
Hope as We Cross the River

Hope as We Cross the River

What are the stories that give you hope?  Not just stories that make you feel good for the moment, but stories that raise your expectations that the future is a good and holy place? I find myself wandering around in the book of Joshua these days, camped out on the...
Five Healthy Habits

Five Healthy Habits

Researchers at Harvard University recently completed a study of the factors that lead to a healthier, longer life. Using life-style questionnaires and medical records of 123,000 volunteers, they determined that the presence of five healthy habits in a person’s life...
Go Deep

Go Deep

“Religion in our time has been captured by a tourist mindset.” (Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction). I love to travel. There are few things I enjoy more than picking somewhere to go, figuring out the most interesting places to experience,...