22 and ½ Things I have Learned in 22 and ½ Years (in one place)

I am a bit over half-way through year twenty-three as the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church.   On paper, the story of Christ Church’s growth from 200 to over 2,400 seems like a modern miracle but my mind today is on the people who represent those numbers.  Especially those who have been on this journeyContinue reading “22 and ½ Things I have Learned in 22 and ½ Years (in one place)”

Does Your Church Want a Future? (then “get” this!)

History will look upon the years that spanned our lifetimes and declare them to be a period of seismic cultural shift.  In the same way the Gutenberg Press changed the world in 1439, the advent of the personal computer and the internet has changed the world again.  We live in a time when the NormanContinue reading “Does Your Church Want a Future? (then “get” this!)”

Let Jesus Take Your Trash Out

Text: Psalm 123 Some years back I was reading a business journal that was exploring lucrative fields for the future.  Most of it was tech and medically related but not all of it.  One particular line stuck with me, “There will be profitable future markets for people who can make other people’s trash go away.”Continue reading “Let Jesus Take Your Trash Out”

The Lost Art of Renegotiation

  The Lost Art of Renegotiation A long-term relationship with a church is little different than a long-term relationship with a spouse, friend or an employer.  There are ups and downs.  How healthy people navigate long-term relationships is fairly standardized.  Such navigation has become a lost art.   Here is how the process works inContinue reading “The Lost Art of Renegotiation”

Preaching the Bible (all of it)

A major failure of modern orthodox Christianity has been an unwillingness to preach and teach the whole of the Bible.  I am as guilty as anyone.  We play the hits over and over but we don’t play the whole album.  As a result, most of the content of the Bible goes unaddressed and unexplored inContinue reading “Preaching the Bible (all of it)”

Telling the Truth (About Jesus)

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that youContinue reading “Telling the Truth (About Jesus)”

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part I)

BAPTIZED BY FIRE: THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part I) Acts 2: 1-6   You may wonder why I would write on a topic as historically controversial as the Holy Spirit.  For me, it is an issue of disconnect and firepower.  The disconnect is that standard practice in most churches does not even remotelyContinue reading “THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part I)”

Discovering God’s Will (A Different Perspective)

  Trust in the Lord with all your heart;     do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do,     and he will show you which path to take. -Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)   Recently I had a faith discussion with a good friend who was troubled by the notion of God having a “plan”Continue reading “Discovering God’s Will (A Different Perspective)”

Want a Better 2020? Change Your Inputs!

I am a Systems Theorist. I believe that all systems are designed to produce what they are currently producing, not what we hope they will produce. Your life is a system and so is mine. We each have inputs that produce very specific outcomes. Over time, the relationship between these inputs and outcomes becomes highlyContinue reading “Want a Better 2020? Change Your Inputs!”

A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near

My constant temptation is to simply check out. Cash it in, retire, unplug, disconnect, disappear into the Smoky Mountains with Melissa and a Bible and have no idea who becomes President in the next election. The troubled state of the world, our unsettled country and divisions within my denomination make me sad. Not mad, justContinue reading “A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near”