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


I've had a lot of church camp pictures pop up this week in my Facebook memories feed. I counted and between being a camper, counselor, director, and keynoter I have spent 52 weeks at church camp. That's right, an entire year of my life at church camp. A pretty good way to spend a year… Continue reading Table

Be Kind. Rewind

A few weeks ago we were doing some Spring(ish) cleaning. In one of the boxes that we have moved several times but have yet to successfully open, I found a VCR tape from Blockbuster Video. Back in the day, this was how we watched movies at home. This is how it worked- you would go… Continue reading Be Kind. Rewind

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 Promise Remains- Thoughts on the United Methodist Church General Conference

5 Ways to Really Keep Christ in Christmas

Yesterday, I saw a forgotten bumper sticker on the back of a car- Keep Christ in Christmas. It made me think of the manufactured “war on Christmas” that some groups have perpetuated in the last few years. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter if we are saying “Happy Holidays’ or “Merry Christmas” if we ignore the… Continue reading 5 Ways to Really Keep Christ in Christmas

3 Lessons the Church Can Learn from Anthony Bourdain

  We loved watching Anthony Bourdain. Both Mary Michael and I love to travel so it made sense that we watched many episodes of No Reservations and Parts Unknown. Some of the places we would love to go some day we discovered through Bourdain’s travels. There is something remarkable about someone who declares that a… Continue reading 3 Lessons the Church Can Learn from Anthony Bourdain

Build Lives, Not Walls

It is early in the morning, the sun rising over the neighborhoods of Tecate, Mexico. Tecate sits about 25 miles due east of Tijuana, and straddles the border between Mexico and the United States.From certain places in town you can see both sides of the border. I'm s driving a van full of kids, eager… Continue reading Build Lives, Not Walls

The Church’s Game 7 Moment

There has been a great article going around the web that originated with the Humans of New York site, written by a women in New York studying to be a rabbi. She makes the correlation between being in the crowd at an important baseball game and feeling the emotion and contentedness that comes when people… Continue reading The Church’s Game 7 Moment