6 Things I’ve Learned at the Church Door

I was thinking the other day about what I miss most about having church in-person. There are many things to miss about not being able to gather in-person and when we do, I suspect church will look different for the foreseeable future. It struck me that I really miss church door conversations. Now, I know… Continue reading 6 Things I’ve Learned at the Church Door

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… Continue reading 5 Resolutions for the Church in 2020

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… Continue reading You Are Not in Control

Reflections on 9/11: Between Memory and Hope

Chances are good that no one will forget where you were on September 11, 2001 around 8:45 AM Eastern Time. I was at work, at the CareerBuilder.com office in North Atlanta. I had settled into my cubicle, returned email from the previous day and began to prepare for several appointments that I had scheduled for that… Continue reading Reflections on 9/11: Between Memory and Hope

Finding Time for Interruptions

Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. Simon and those with him tracked him down. When they found him, they told him, “Everyone’s looking for you!” He replied, “Let’s head in the other direction, to the nearby villages, so that… Continue reading Finding Time for Interruptions

A Back to School Prayer

God of Love, A new school year begins and students, teachers, and staff are filled with anticipation and also with trepidation Anticipation for what will be learned, for growth that will take place, for friendships that will be developed and for lives that will be transformed Trepidation for tough assignments, acceptance by others, days that… Continue reading A Back to School Prayer

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,… Continue reading Seeing Freedom Through the Eyes of God

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 Worthy

The Crisis (of Faith) at the Border

"Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began.  I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.  I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of… Continue reading The Crisis (of Faith) at the Border

Summer Reading and Listening

The Memorial Day weekend signals for many the beginning of summer. We may well find ourselves with some extra time for play, rest, and rejuvenation. This is a great time to catch up on reading and listening. Here are some books and podcasts I’ll be checking out this summer. Era of Ignition: Coming of Age… Continue reading Summer Reading and Listening