New Questions for a New Day

New Questions for a New Day

Let’s face it.  Most people have believed for some time that things in the church have needed to change.  We all know the data…decline, institutional stagnation, and shrinking numbers.  More gray hair and fewer kids, not to mention structural albatrosses made of...
Our Finest Hour

Our Finest Hour

Don’t judge us, but one of the ways Janet and I have been surviving the pandemic is by watching movies. They are often old familiar movies, with happy endings and inspiring themes. Ron Howard’s excellent “Apollo 13” was on again not long ago, and we...
The Promise and Peril of Conflict

The Promise and Peril of Conflict

A compelling example of leaders turning conflict into opportunity for structural and cultural change is found in the first seven verses of Acts 6. The idyllic description of the first Christian community (Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37) is soon marred by incidents of...
Digital Rip Van Winkles

Digital Rip Van Winkles

Part One: Waking Up in the Future Microsoft Corporation says COVID-19 has accelerated the technological transformation of our society.  A year of digital change now happens every month.  On average, each month, the number of people who shop online, meet by Zoom, join...