An Improvised Faith (spoken word video)

Here’s a second spoken word piece I shared during my keynotes at the School for Congregational Learning in Iowa: [Read more...]

Point of Grace cheapens the word “Grace”

A church called Point of Grace in Iowa that was renting off-site office space to a day care center has taken a rather radical turn. Ironically, it appears they’re offering anything but grace to those who toe the moral line. The Church administration that owned the property abruptly called staff and parents of Happy Time [Read More...]

Boat Builders or Jesus Followers? (Video)

First of two keynotes I offered at the Upper Midwest DOC Region’s School for Congregational Learning in Des Moines, Iowa in August, 2011. The title of the message is “Boat Builders or Jesus Followers?” [Read more...]

When We Were Ten (Spoken Word – Video)

Kick-off of my first keynote at the School for Congregational Learning in Des Moines, Iowa in August, 2011. [Read more...]

Meeting Jesus’ Doppelganger

Hollywood has done a lot to tarnish the reputation of Jews in popular culture when it comes to Jesus. Yes, Mel Gibson, I’m looking at you. It was Hitler who, after seeing the famous passion play acted out in Oberammergau in the 1930s who wrote about the fact that the same Jews who cried out [Read More...]

Why young adults avoid church (part 2 of 2)

I was asked in a workshop I led recently on young adult spirituality about what kind of program this woman’s church should start up to meet these needs of the coveted young adult group. My answer was not to start any more programs. The problem isn’t a lack of programs; it’s a lack of trust [Read More...]

What are your BANNED QUESTIONS about Christians?

I’m working on the proposal for book three in the BANNED QUESTIONS series, BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTIANS, and I need your help. Check out this survey I created to allow anyone to add their own question, and then vote on their favorites. This list will be very influential in helping decide which questions make it [Read More...]

Why Young Adults Avoid Church (Part 1 of 2)

My grandparents were farmers in west Texas much of their lives. They told stories of “shaking peanuts” during every daylight hour, and recalled the gatherings at the family barn with neighbors on weekends to share music and a meal. It was a hard life, but they managed because everyone leaned on one another. I’ve heard [Read More...]

THE NINES: Vote for your favorite speakers

Got this groovy widget that allows me to share this list on my blog. Pretty cool! If you’re not familiar with it, you can read more about THE NINES here. Basically it’s a completely FREE web based conference coming up in a little more than a month about leadership within and among faith communities. The [Read More...]

Cursed with perfect memory

My son, Mattias, started second grade last week. He wears a uniform of khakis and polo shirts to school, and on Wednesdays, he wears a button-up shirt and tie. He looks like a little Alex P. Keaton, the aspiring young Republican from Family Ties. This morning he was stirring his Rice Krispies with his index [Read More...]


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