If I Had Grown Up Here…Reflections from Bosnia on New Zealand

"If I had grown up here, I would be of the Muslim faith." Hearing of the Mosque bombings in New Zealand, I went back to my notes to make sure it was written as I had remembered. If I had grown up here, I would be of the Muslim faith."  It was. Twelve years later,… Continue reading If I Had Grown Up Here…Reflections from Bosnia on New Zealand

4 Things You Need to Do to Prepare Your Church to Welcome New People

By Tuesday, pastors and lay leaders have put last Sunday in the rear-view mirror and are thinking and planning for next Sunday. The thing about Sunday is that it always comes and there are no re-runs. Many are looking at visiting a church, perhaps your church, this Sunday. Welcoming these guests isn't as simple as opening… Continue reading 4 Things You Need to Do to Prepare Your Church to Welcome New People

3 Reasons Why More People Are Doing Lent

Several years ago I was talking with someone who attended the local mega-church. He was excited to tell me that his pastor had started a new tradition leading up to Easter called Lent. I asked if he meant that the church had started to observe Lent this year. "Oh no, he invented it for this year. Isn' t it… Continue reading 3 Reasons Why More People Are Doing Lent

A Smudge

What are those on your forehead? What are you giving up? Two questions you rarely hear asked except for one day out of the year- Ash Wednesday. People often ask what I miss most about serving a congregation- there are many things- but one thing that always surprises them is when I say "Ash Wednesday." I… Continue reading A Smudge