Worthy

One of the great promises of scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, is that you belong. You are worthy. We don't tell ourselves that enough. It's something we don't tell others enough. It's something we don't proclaim in church enough. I once had a conversation with a young adult who had grown up in our church.... Continue Reading →

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 →

The Promise Remains- Thoughts on the United Methodist Church General Conference

I've watched the United Methodist General Conference with great interest. My parents are United Methodists. I received one of the best theological educations one can get through a United Methodist Seminary (I know just enough Wesley to get in trouble). Some of the best practices in preaching, church leadership, justice, and pastoral care that I... Continue Reading →

The Cost of Not Taking the Bible Seriously

The separation of children from their parents at the United States border is unconscionable. The fact that this policy is being justified by the Attorney General using scripture is gross biblical malpractice. Here’s the real kicker- the Attorney General was appointed by a President who received 80 percent of the vote from Christian evangelicals. I’m... Continue Reading →

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