Hope as We Cross the River

Hope as We Cross the River

What are the stories that give you hope?  Not just stories that make you feel good for the moment, but stories that raise your expectations that the future is a good and holy place? I find myself wandering around in the book of Joshua these days, camped out on the...
The Faithful Gift of a Leaving a Legacy

The Faithful Gift of a Leaving a Legacy

Most of us have read the statistics about how many churches are likely to close over the next 3-5 years.  Although the various studies come up with different totals, all of the figures are staggering.  To make matters worse, it’s already clear that the hit many of our...
A Church’s Hope of Resurrection

A Church’s Hope of Resurrection

First Christian Church of Rome, Georgia (Disciples of Christ), was a great partner in ministry with the church I pastored for twenty-one years.  Our congregations shared common commitments to feed the hungry and care for the poor in our community.  For more than a...
Ministry and the Gifts of Christmas

Ministry and the Gifts of Christmas

Among the myriad gifts of Christmas are: Assurance that God is with us—“Emmanuel.” God is not aloof from us or disinterested in us—not, as Bette Midler once sang, merely “watching us from a distance.” God is among us and for us. Clarity about the character of God. God...