Bullies in the Church

Bullies in the Church

I had the privilege of volunteering in a local elementary school in its drug awareness and violence prevention program.  The fourth graders were quick to identify behaviors that victimized others; we talked at length about bullying in the school and identified...
Asleep at Church

Asleep at Church

Several years ago, we tried something radical on Wednesday evenings at our church. Over the course of five weeks, we had prayer meeting. This was not simply the hospital list prayer meeting, this was honest prayer. One hour of prayer, five weeks in a row. Each week we...
The #metoo Movement and the Church

The #metoo Movement and the Church

#MeToo, a social media movement that began in November 2017, has ignited awareness of and accountability for sexual harassment. This new awareness of the abuse of power will hopefully cause all of us to pause and think about the congregation’s response. The reality of...
People Talk

People Talk

Church people talk. They talk about all kinds of things. They talk about the pastor, her sermon, how many people used to be in worship, and what we ought to be doing but haven’t yet. This kind of talk can be threatening to a pastor, but it doesn’t have to be. Having...