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...
A Tale of Two Futures for your Church

A Tale of Two Futures for your Church

The coronavirus crisis has taken us off the rails we thought were permanent and dependable. Congregations are facing a future that we have no precedent for or roadmap to navigate. There is a sense of disorientation, fear and bewilderment among leaders and judicatories...
Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

One of the projects I’m working on these days is to help three presbyteries in the Mountain West think about their future.  All three are experiencing the decline with which most American churches wrestle.  All three been helping churches...
The Words We Use

The Words We Use

I am reading a wonderful book by James and Deborah Fallows called Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America. Over a five-year period, James and Deb traveled throughout America flying a single-engine prop plane. The purpose of their trip was...
Life by the Clock or life by the Compass?

Life by the Clock or life by the Compass?

Which do you live by: Clock or compass? If the clock dictates, your life is consumed with the immediate and pressing issues of the moment. Clock-life is focused on short-term results. If the clock rules, you find yourself racing from event to event in a mad...
Are you ready for the 2020’s?

Are you ready for the 2020’s?

The 2020’s are upon us, and while I am not interested in speculation, I believe it is important to stop and assess what our current trends suggest we will be dealing with in the coming decade. Here are some very initial and quite limited thoughts about what is before...