An old story, perhaps cast in different ways in different settings, tells of a missionary who, after many years on the field, was returning to the United States aboard a ship (I told you it was an old story). Also on this ship was a famous actor, returning after an extended vacation somewhere in Europe. […]Read more "On Dreams Dreamt and Reimagined"
Footsteps on the roof. Running footsteps, several sets of them, all while I was trying to get the last of my work done for the day. And, sadly, I did not handle it well. No, I wasn’t hallucinating. This evening, as I was finishing up the last few tasks I had set for myself, the […]Read more "On Keeping Calm and Being Gentle"
Today after lunch, Duke and Pepper told me a story that absolutely broke my heart. But first, a little backstory. Duke and Pepper are the aliases, for lack of a better word, for two friends who occasionally visit at Covenant Assembly, where I have the privilege of serving as pastor. They are members of a […]Read more "On Why The Modern Church May Be Dying"
Suppose a fire hydrant were, for some reason, to break off at ground level, allowing a huge plume of water to cascade everywhere. Suppose people came running with dish towels and small buckets, trying to mop up the water. Now suppose someone came along with the advice of bigger towels, or larger buckets, or more […]Read more "On Why The Madness Won’t Stop (Yet)"
Fast food workers are clamoring for a raise to $15 per hour. Their biggest challenge is getting an order straight to keep the customer happy. The American enlisted soldier, according to some estimates, earns under $11.00 per hour. Their biggest challenge is not coming home in a body bag. Pro athletes, whose only function in […]Read more "On Inequities, Paychecks and Rewards"
On the shelves of my theological library are two systematic theologies, both written by well-known and respected theologians. In SysTheo “A”, the author is a proponent of the active and present presence of spiritual gifts in the Body of Christ. In SysTheo “B”, the author makes a case for the disappearance of the spiritual gifts, […]Read more "On Theology, Tradition and Interpretation"
Much has been written by the church pundits about reaching millennials with the Gospel. In most of those articles is a litany of why attracting that age demographic to things Christian is problematic at best, requiring a process of several different steps often at variance with the usual established “order” found in many established fellowships, […]Read more "On Millennials and How We Do Church"