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
Just released by Pilgrim Press, the group reading guide makes it possible for church reading groups, Christian education classes, and other small groups to better use Glorify: Reclaiming the Heart of Progressive Christianity. To know more why your church should be … Continue reading The “Glorify” Group Reading Guide Is Here!
Glorify is a book I never meant to write. In the fall of 2014 I was taking a research seminar for my Doctor of Ministry degree. One of our assignments was to present our plans for our doctoral project. So, I … Continue reading This Book Will Not Save Your Church: Or, Why I Wrote “Glorify”
I love the hope expressed in the Gospel phrase “that they may all be one”. It was Christ’s hope for the church, and it’s the motto of my own denomination, the United Church of Christ. At the same time, I’m … Continue reading Room at the Table: When Separation is the Faithful Option