Recently a person unknown to me posted his “resistance” oriented event on the Facebook wall of my church. It wasn’t clear what the event entailed and it seemed that it might cross the line into partisan territory. The poster’s profile … Continue reading Why your church (and pastor) can’t be partisan.
Earlier this week an interesting op-ed appeared in the New York Times entitled “My Daughter is not Transgender. She’s a Tomboy.” In it, Lisa Selin Davis, a mother and young adult novelist, details her child’s interactions with adults who are … Continue reading Tomboys, Trans Folks, and the Times
A few years ago I podcasted my sermons regularly, and enjoyed hearing feedback from those who listened. Then the podcasting service I was using shut down, and I started publishing my manuscript instead. Lately I’ve been listening to more podcasts, … Continue reading Now on iTunes: A new sermon podcast.
Dear Atlanta, When I was 17 my parents navigated the old Volvo station wagon through the gates of a college on your outskirts. The back was filled with everything a freshman dorm room needed. I got out of the car, … Continue reading Dear Atlanta: A letter for Election Day
During the earliest years of my ministry I served as a hospital chaplain, shepherding both religious and non-religious patients and families through the worst days of their lives. I quickly specialized in trauma, mostly because others didn’t want to, and … Continue reading Trauma, Trigger Warnings, and Making a Little Space
It seems like every week I hear someone in the wider church say, “You know, the church is more than the building.” This is often said in a rather condescending tone, with the sense that the speaker is delivering some … Continue reading In Defense of the Building: A Case for Not Selling Your Church Property Just Yet
1) Running churches and denominations like businesses. I’ve been told that if I really want to be a highly-sought after pastor I need to get an MBA. First, I’m very happy right where I am. Second, even if I happened … Continue reading Five Things Mainline Christians Need to Stop Doing