Bricolage, COVID-19 and the Future of the Church (Part I)

Bricolage has become a wide term that was previously and more narrowly applied in the architectural, building and design trades.  The big idea is this; you often don’t have access or can’t afford the materials you wish you had to design or build something.  Bricolage is the creative use of materials already on hand toContinue reading “Bricolage, COVID-19 and the Future of the Church (Part I)”

The Story of Us (Creation)

Text: Genesis 2: 26-31   I just returned from Israel.  I was asked several times how this pilgrimage continues to impact me after traveling to the Holy Land so many times.  I responded that on each trip I become more spiritually “rooted.”  Rooted in the way that keeps you healthy, nourished and vital.  Rooted inContinue reading “The Story of Us (Creation)”

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!)”

Know What You are Going to Do! (2020 Edition) #UMCrapstorm

  I have played competitive softball since I was fourteen years old at every imaginable level.  Up to a handful of years ago, I played over a hundred games each season and now in my late fifties, I still play twenty or thirty.  For much of that time I was a shortstop.  The shortstop isContinue reading “Know What You are Going to Do! (2020 Edition) #UMCrapstorm”

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)”

Why I Believe What I Believe… Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part VI)

  Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.  3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything thatContinue reading “Why I Believe What I Believe… Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part VI)”

Why I Believe What I Believe… Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part V)

  21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house,22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold tightlyContinue reading “Why I Believe What I Believe… Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part V)”

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)”