Hate must not find a home

Sometimes pastors are cautioned about bringing politics into the pulpit. We must remember that the gospel is necessarily political as it impacts our world, but it doesn’t have to be partisan. This is not a ‘right or left’ issue but rather a ‘right and wrong’ issue. There are times for the church to speak up as to let our nation know we aren’t asleep at the wheel and that we see what’s going on. Not talking about something doesn’t make it go away or mean it isn’t there. Silence from the church can imply complicity and sympathy. We must not allow that. Read more

Confessions of a “moderate Christian” in Charlottesville on August 12

They say that confession is good for the soul. I pray that my confession may lead to my repentance and to a deeper commitment to God’s work of justice for all human beings. Read more

Conversations with my four-year-old about Charlottesville

“I don’t know, because we all matter to God.” This answer was at best incomplete. It felt dangerously close to the “all lives matter” defense that white people use to keep from listening to people of color. And while I don’t know on an intellectual level why some people think they’re better than others, I struggle with my own internalized racism that comes from forty years of cultural messages and systemic privileges. Read more

Fear and Fearlessness in Charlottesville

Fear pervaded Charlottesville, Virginia. But fearlessness, both by those who led the counter-protests and those who walk alongside with the marginalized elsewhere, will always prevail. Even when the hour is darkest, fearlessness prevails. Read more

Hearing the Gospel in Fleetwood Mac

When you look at the world around you, are you filled with despair? Do you see a God-forsaken world? Or, can you see past the worst of the worst, through the darkness, and see the love of God at work in spite of it all? Can you look into the dark void of humanity and see the love of God in Christ moving and reconciling and redeeming? Can you see glimpses of God’s Kingdom breaking through? Read more

Fool’s Gold Believers

As much as I believe that it is within our abilities and responsibilities as believers to make sure to hold ourselves and other believers accountable for living in ways that God has stated are expected, I think we spend too much time trying to figure out whose “in” and whose “out” when we could be spending time learning ways to love others and be in relationship with them in ways that please God. Read more

People of the Book

It’s a beautiful reality: we don’t have to have the same view on all issues, yet we can sit in the same pews and worship the same God. Sadly, this is not the case in all churches. Sometimes there is a political or theological litmus test to pass in order to remain in fellowship with each other. Read more

Podcast: Most Common Mistakes of Church Starts, Part 3

In this conversation, we explore what happens when you fail to lead self, how reframing failure and success prevents some burnout, and the essential quality of gusto (you know, a healthy dose of fortitude). Read more

A Progressing Church

As one of my friends says to church starters and pastors, “The church you pastor isn’t a time capsule—it may look different now from when you started. It may have gone in a direction you didn’t expect, and that’s probably a good thing.” Read more

The Gift and Grace of Christian Community

An honest appraisal of the state of the American Church is not for the faint of heart. We are traversing some tumultuous topography indeed and the CBF is no stranger to this. But we do not walk alone. The Good Shepherd accompanies us and longs to lead us to green pastures and still waters to restore our collective soul for his name’s sake. I believe one highly significant way God wants to do this is by leading us back to that which ultimately unites us. Read more

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