5 Resolutions for the Church in 2020

2020 is here and if you attended a religious community this weekend, you have perfect attendance for the year. Congratulations!  A new year brings new opportunity and a chance to reset our priorities and practices. Church folks are busy taking down the Advent and Christmas decorations and thinking about what 2020 might hold. Many are…

You Are Not in Control

Teach us to count our days so that we may have a wise heart Psalm 90:12 It's hard for us to hear isn't it? You are not in control.  The control paradox tells us that the more we try to gain control, the less control we actually possess. In many ways, it is fear that causes us…

Seeing Freedom Through the Eyes of God

What is true freedom? Several images come to mind; When the Continental Congress declared the separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain 240 years ago, freedom along with liberty,  was foremost in the minds of our nation's founders. The idea did not originate with them, of course. In every age and across the earth, human beings have,…

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.…

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…

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…