The Act of Noticing

A couple years ago, I walked downstairs into my basement to take a shower. On the last step, before I reached for the light switch, I stepped into an inch of water. The water heater had blown a hole and flooded the basement. After shutting off the water, draining what we could, and vacuuming up […]

Be a Big Influence

Earlier this year, I had an unusual experience that has caused me to do quite a bit of thinking and reflecting. It was sweet and touching but caught me off guard, and I wasn’t sure what to do about it at first. I was mentioned in the obituary of somebody I hadn’t seen or spoken […]

Agree to Disagree

As thoughts turn to reopening churches, I have been thinking less about the logistics of that (although I know that matters a lot) and more about what it means to “agree to disagree” as the church. How can we do that well as Christ followers? How can we do that well with our fellow Christ […]

Timely Questions

“Everything has changed, and nothing will ever be the same.”    “Things will settle down, and we’ll get  back to normal soon.” “Some stuff might change and some will probably stay the same.” “I don’t know.” If you took every opinion about what the church will look like post-pandemic, they could easily be lumped into the […]

You Can Do This Church

This is one of those times when it is hard to know what to write. There is so much going on and everything is changing so fast. What do you say? I almost didn’t write anything because there is lots of other stuff to focus on and things aren’t normal, but I wanted to write […]

Talk With, Not About

The other day, somebody asked me my “analysis” as to how things had gone sideways in a local church.  Attendance, budget, and relationships had all been affected over the course of time and now some folks were looking to get things back on track. There were plenty of things I could have said, but before […]

Are You a Light in the World?

My son recently preached a sermon from the Gospel of John talking about the idea that Jesus is the Light of the World (a theme in John’s Jesus story), and he talked about lights in Advent. It was all good, but it got me thinking… Jesus did say He was the light of the world, […]