Everyone Needs to Go to Arabia

Everyone Needs to Go to Arabia

One of the pressing concerns of 21st century individual and congregational spiritual life is the question of depth. To be blunt, there isn’t much. Study after study has revealed the sad truth that much of what we call faith and commitment is actually a thin veneer of...
Graduation and Commencement

Graduation and Commencement

This is the time of year for graduation ceremonies. In recent days, families of high school and higher education graduates have celebrated the “moving of the tassel.” Churches often join in these celebrations to mark this significant passage in a person’s life. Woven...
A Church for Those Who Wander

A Church for Those Who Wander

The book of James closes with a most interesting assertion: “My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from...
Christmas Lessons

Christmas Lessons

Our current Christmas celebration habits are a uniquely post-WW2 phenomena. Much of the excess we experience stands at odds with the way Western society approached the holiday only a few years ago. This shift has lessons for any congregation attempting to manage...
The day the Bodybuilders met the Baptists

The day the Bodybuilders met the Baptists

I recently attended a national gathering of Baptists that was a stark reminder to me of the desperate need for congregational and clergy health.  Some things I saw there troubled me. It wasn’t so much that this group is any less healthy or healthier than other shades...