Following Up Your Big Christmas Week

Social Media is a great tool to keep up with what God is doing in churches far and near.  I love reading each and every glowing report! Many churches had great attendance for Christmas Week and I rejoice with them!  Clearly God was moving. Bam! However, failure to effectively follow up major “victories” (like a recordContinue reading “Following Up Your Big Christmas Week”

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”

You Don’t Hear Fathers Talk About This Much

You don’t hear father’s talk about this much. This is an excerpt from my latest book: Re-Conversion (The “God is Good” Story) (Sumner, Illinois, circa 1996) Sometime in late 1992, I attended a seminar on how to do ministry with Senior Adults held in Peoria, Illinois. There was this feeble, little man who inched upContinue reading “You Don’t Hear Fathers Talk About This Much”

What is too Important to Forget About Memorial Day (COVID-19 Edition)

I was pondering this afternoon what Memorial Day means to me. For a lot of folks, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day are essentially indiscernible…even redundant.  But Memorial Day is not just about service, it is about ultimate sacrifice; remembering those who sacrificed their lives in service to our country. In a time when Americans areContinue reading “What is too Important to Forget About Memorial Day (COVID-19 Edition)”

The Path of Least Resistance (is the wrong path)

The path of least resistance never leads to success. Never. It leads only to a lesser life. The illusion is that it is a safe life but it is not. It is only lesser. No one achieves significance by staying inside their comfort zone, downsizing their dreams, capitulating to lesser goals, avoiding tough conversations orContinue reading “The Path of Least Resistance (is the wrong path)”

Three Faith Viruses to Watch in 2020

There are three theological viruses floating around these days that concern me. My concerns are two-fold: 1) They have wide appeal 2) I can see why they have wide appeal. The first virus is the idea that God exists for us. God’s function is to make us happy, give us what we want and makeContinue reading “Three Faith Viruses to Watch in 2020”

I Was Thinking About Mortality Today…

I was thinking about mortality today. Not morbidity. Just mortality. I am 55. Seems shocking just to read. It’s really a pretty good age. Oldish but not old. Balding but not bald. Slowing but not slowed. That kind of stuff. My best friend from high school died this year. No warning. Just working out andContinue reading “I Was Thinking About Mortality Today…”

Why I Really, Really, Really Like Millennials

We do an effective job at reaching Millennials at Christ Church.  We don’t do as effective a job as the churches designed to do nothing but reach Millennials but we do pretty well.  We are committed to being a multi-generational and racially diverse congregation and we are finding that many Millennials like that just fine. Continue reading “Why I Really, Really, Really Like Millennials”

Supporting Leaders (And Leading Supporters)

Can’t sleep tonight.  It happens.  Not very much but it happens. Praying for Christian leaders. My heart is heavy. Leadership circa 2020 is SO difficult. Pandemic. Churches closed. Cultural upheaval. Election cycle. Throw the devil (yes, I believe in such stuff) into the mix and the task can seem overwhelming. I know some great leadersContinue reading “Supporting Leaders (And Leading Supporters)”

The American Ideal of Freedom

America is a place but it is just as importantly an idea. A really noble idea. Freedom. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” -Thomas Jefferson WhenContinue reading “The American Ideal of Freedom”