I miss the 60s liberals

I am a child of the 60s. The last half of that decade was my high school years. It was a tumultuous time of social upheaval and change, and was both confusing and exciting for those of us who lived through it. Even back then, pre-internet, I was a bit of a news junkie who ...

Testimony: the power of social media

Testimony: the power of social media
Now and then someone will say to me — often with an undertone of disapproval or condescension — “I see you’re on FaceBook a lot. I just don’t have time for all that, myself.” The implication is, of course, that they are more focused, more serious, and more productive than I am and that I ...

“Hey, I’m not perfect!”

I’m in heavy academic mode this week, reading, reading, reading… I stumbled across an article in my reading that deals with something all of us hear all the time: “Hey, I’m not perfect” (I have semi-quoted Darlene Ouimet’s article below, with a few edits.   What do people mean when they declare in an exasperated ...

Yes, it IS personal.

I know it is selfish, and not pretty, but it is true. When people leave a church pastors take it personally. It’s really hard not to. Regardless of the stated reasons people give for moving on — and they are remarkably creative — the pastor takes it personally. You’ve just told him his baby is ...

Earth Day’s Pentecostal Origins

I visited a really great mega-church in a major city. I enjoyed it a lot, actually, despite some of my personal reservations about mega-churches in general. It was a warm summer night, a mid-week service packed with more than 2,000 people and afterward they announced water baptism in a cluster of large above ground pools ...

Launch right, not right now.

Launch right, not right now. Patience is a virtue (most of us lack). We get a an idea, sometimes a great idea, and want to run with it right away. We might not have a plan, or a budget, or the right people, and the timing is bad… but it’s such a GREAT IDEA, so ...

Don’t use people to build the church

Don’t use people to build the church; use the church to build people. Churches depend upon volunteers — lots of them — bringing their talents, skills and experience together to serve one another and bless the surrounding community. There is always a synergy that takes place when talented people come together with a common purpose, ...

Relational connections

Relational connections are superior to organizational connections. Don’t get me wrong; I am part of a church organizational structure. It is a good organization and an okay structure, but relational connections trump those formal, organizational connections every single time. Let me give you two recent examples. About 20+ years ago I met Paul and Nancy ...

“NOAH” & the Implied Warranty of Merchantability

I took a business law class decades ago as an undergrad. I have no idea now WHY I took it, but I did. Most of what I heard and read in that class is now long forgotten, but one phrase stuck: implied warranty of merchantability. Feel free to read the wiki but here’s the part ...

The World’s Biggest Mall

I love the Disney experience. Immersive escapism, allowing old guys like me to dress and act like a kid for a day or more… it’s great fun; but make no mistake — Disney Parks are really just the world’s biggest shopping mall. Let’s take the recently developed Cars Land as an example. It is a ...