It Goes Without Saying

It Goes Without Saying

Have you learned that nothing “goes without saying” anymore? That sobering truth runs counter to our tendency to think there are some universally shared assumptions that all of us agree upon. We may think that everyone agrees with us about what a family looks like, or...
Taking the Right Hill

Taking the Right Hill

In his raw, painful, but finally redemptive memoir, The Night of the Gun (NY: Simon and Schuster, 2008), the late journalist David Carr describes his fits-and-starts, zig-zagging journey from more than a decade of drug addiction, broken relationships, and personal...

What’s on your menu?

Let’s start with a disclaimer. I know that congregations and restaurants are not in the same business. I understand that thinking like a restaurant can lead to embracing the consumer culture of the day. I know all too well that catering to expectations has been the...

The Unbalanced Church

When a congregation wants to get, stay or remain healthy, one of the key questions it asks has to do with the balance between its internal and an external focus. One excellent congregational exercise to help with this question is to gather a group in a large room, and...