What We Want to Hear (A Perspective on Race)

When my daughter Lydia was in high school we didn’t really talk much. We spent time together but we didn’t really talk. In fact, I used to joke that the words she most often spoke to me during her teen-age years were, “Dad, is mom there?” and that was over the telephone. When we didContinue reading “What We Want to Hear (A Perspective on Race)”

Churches: Get Your Defense Off the Field!

COVID is like a bad headache that just won’t go away. Regardless of your opinion on why people have headaches, how to prevent headaches or how to properly treat headaches, one reality remains. We have a collective headache. Right about the time church leadership couldn’t get any harder; it got harder. About half of churchesContinue reading “Churches: Get Your Defense Off the Field!”

Eight Steps to Owning Monday (by noon)

Eight Steps to Owning Monday (by noon) Many people dread Mondays.  I don’t. I try to own Mondays and I try to do it by noon. A good Monday is like a birdie on hole number one; it does not guarantee a great round (or week) but it is a fantastic start that can’t beContinue reading “Eight Steps to Owning Monday (by noon)”

Another Look at Psalm 23 (Leadership, Ovis Aries, COVID-19 and the Great Shepherd)

Back in what my grandson the New One called the “back olden times” I often did music for summer church camps. A signature song was called, “I just want to be a sheep.”  The song was terrible so everyone loved it.  Every now and then, someone sends me a message and reminds me of thoseContinue reading “Another Look at Psalm 23 (Leadership, Ovis Aries, COVID-19 and the Great Shepherd)”

A PASTORAL LETTER (Reopening our Churches)

A PASTORAL LETTER: When Will Christ Church Re-Open? On Friday, the President declared houses of worship “essential” and demanded that Governors allow worship services (provided such houses meet CDC guidelines). Some may have interpreted from that announcement that Christ Church would immediately re-open; it is a bit more complicated. First of all, the President askedContinue reading “A PASTORAL LETTER (Reopening our Churches)”

Leadership in the Roaring 2020’s

Leadership in the Roaring 2020’s will continue to be an ongoing process of navigating a jagged series of unpredictable no-win scenarios. This is not an anomaly; it is the new normal. We are going to have to get used to it. Effective leaders will have to be: 1. laser focused on their mission 2. empatheticContinue reading “Leadership in the Roaring 2020’s”

Pastors Are Not Ministry Mutants (COVID-19 Edition)

In my early days in ministry, I thought of the Apostle Paul as a Ministry Mutant. He was wholly different than regular people and was Holy Ghost hardwired for the rigors of ministry. This was absurd. By making Paul “nothing like me” I conveniently excused myself from being “anything like Paul.” As long as PaulContinue reading “Pastors Are Not Ministry Mutants (COVID-19 Edition)”

Why On-Line Church is Thriving (and how to leverage it forward)

I am reading a lot of articles, posts and blogs about how churches are reaching more people now than they did when actual humans were sitting in their pews. Our on-line numbers are way up as well.  I truly rejoice that so many people are joining us via the internet but we must be carefulContinue reading “Why On-Line Church is Thriving (and how to leverage it forward)”

10 Low Tech Ways to Be the Church (during the COVID-19 crisis)

Let’s face it, not being allowed to conduct corporate worship services is a major blow to all churches but particularly to small and medium sized congregations. Large and mega-large churches were already tech savvy and had the staffing and financial resources to quickly implement changes necessary to shift from live to on-line.  Smaller churches?  ThatContinue reading “10 Low Tech Ways to Be the Church (during the COVID-19 crisis)”

Resurrection Hope (Noah, Elijah and COVID-19)

Title: The Story of Us: Resurrection Text: Luke 24: 5-7 God said and there was…and it was excellent in every way until it wasn’t.  In an epic love story, we spend the whole of the Old Testament trying to buy back to what was lost in the Fall.  Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah,Continue reading “Resurrection Hope (Noah, Elijah and COVID-19)”