Church Storms

Church Storms

Bertha, Bonnie, Floyd, Fran, Irene, Matthew. Those are all fine names, and they might have even been the members of the Personnel Committee of our church. But they are not. Each of them represents the name of a hurricane that rolled through our area on the coast of...
I Beg to Differ

I Beg to Differ

When Dr. Bill Wilson asked me to join him and others as he was founding the Center for Healthy Churches, he explained that the main focus of our work was to be four-fold: visioning, pastoral transitions, staff development and conflict engagement. While honored by his...
Agreeable disagreement

Agreeable disagreement

It was early in my pastoral ministry. I still thought my primary job was to please people and make them happy, ensure their comfort, and leave them liking me. Thus, when someone disagreed with me or criticized me, I spent many anxious hours, usually pre-dawn,...
The Opposable Mind

The Opposable Mind

Our culture is polarized in almost every sector of life. Recent data published by the Pew Research Center suggests that the trend towards entrenchment in ones ideology, theology, philosophy, and political leanings is growing at an alarming pace leaving little room for...