Except in very rare cases, there is always a bit of tension between a pastor and his/her congregation when it comes to preaching, especially prophetic … [Read more...] about Preaching from the Purple Pulpit
Is It Post-Christendom Yet?
It was one of lines you read in a book and then say to yourself, “Well, of course that’s true, but I’ve never realized it until now.” It came from … [Read more...] about Is It Post-Christendom Yet?
Those to Whom Much is Given
It was a shockingly wonderful gift. The church I was serving as interim pastor was notified that a long time member left her house to the church’s … [Read more...] about Those to Whom Much is Given
Facing Into the Tsunami
It didn’t take me long after moving to California to learn that when you spend the day on the beach, you never turn your back to the surf. Even on … [Read more...] about Facing Into the Tsunami
An Ecclesial Society of Explorers
Michael Polanyi, the Hungarian born philosopher of science, shapes the way I think about both science and theology. His description of the scientific … [Read more...] about An Ecclesial Society of Explorers
Time to Rethink Everything
By Jim Kitchens CHC Consultant When I was the pastor of Second Presbyterian in Nashville, one of my friends was the pastor of a thriving tall steeple … [Read more...] about Time to Rethink Everything
A Change Is Gonna Come, But What Kind?
I once heard someone describe one of the major differences between every generation of human beings that lived before us and our own generation as … [Read more...] about A Change Is Gonna Come, But What Kind?
Loving Our Neighbors
In each of the synoptic gospels, Jesus enters into conversation with a crowd about the traditional summary of the Torah: “You shall love the Lord your … [Read more...] about Loving Our Neighbors
Understanding Church Microclimates
The weather during July in San Francisco is best described by a quote mistakenly attributed to Mark Twain: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a … [Read more...] about Understanding Church Microclimates