A Church Health Thursday Original

I was recently challenged to contribute some original Church Health Thursday stuff.  Up until now, I have simply curated what I hoped would be helpful and thought provoking content.   I will continue to do that. But I will also chime in with what I am noticing and learning. This is not to be confused with […]

Three Elements of Consumer Faith

“For followers of Jesus, there will come moments in our lives where what he wants for us and what we want for us part ways. Perhaps you’ve been there. These are crucial times, when we are forced to answer an uncomfortable question: Am I really a follower of Jesus, or am I just a consumer?” Three Elements […]

The Lost Mission of Staying Put

“For a long time now, mission has been framed as a far-off endeavor, a trip requiring a passport, a plane ticket, and a lot of packing. But God’s mission is active everywhere, which means God’s mission is active among your family, friends, and community.” – Alan Briggs “The Lost Mission of Staying Put” calls us […]

Hospitality? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

Just in time for the holidays, Karen Vine writes about the lost art of hospitality. “Hospitality in North America is in its death throes. It’s choking, gasping for air, writhing in pain and begging for release. Perhaps one of the reasons we’re so anxious about showing hospitality is because we don’t fully understand what it […]

5 Tips on How to Write a Christmas Card After You’ve Had a Bad Year

“Many of the Christmas cards and holiday update letters are collages of the year’s accolades and accomplishments, extravagant purchases, as well as promotions and photos from one-in-a-lifetime trips.  But what do you say when your year has been marked by pain or loss, foreclosure or funerals, divorce papers or a difficult diagnosis?” In her blog, […]