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April 25, 2018
Is Church for Extroverts?
Most churches are designed by and for extroverts. To be truly diverse, we need to...
November 02, 2017
5 Things for the Next 500 Years: The Church and the Next Reformation
Thanks to my friend Danny Gulden for this guest thoughts, as we mark the 500th...
October 25, 2017
Who Markets the Gospel Better Than Church? Burger King, and Basically Everybody
Y'all know I love Church, right? LOVE it. For all of its imperfections, bumbling ways...
June 26, 2017
10 Lessons the Church Can Learn From Harry Potter: On the Occasion of His 20th Birthday
I was tragically late to the Potter party. 20 years ago (!) when the first...
April 20, 2017
Your Church Does Not Need Volunteers
I was writing my weekly note to the congregation (a few days late, because I...
February 16, 2017
Showing Up for the Stranger: The Church Speaks Out Against the Travel Ban
Ever look around at the news/world/government these days and say "for the love of all...
August 03, 2016
Passing the Peace
Hi, folks. I took a week or so away from blogging to finish my book, and...
May 12, 2016
Don’t Like Your Pastor? Don’t Leave Your Church
There's a blog post going around called "So You Don't Like your Pastor..." I read...
April 07, 2016
When It’s Complicated, Just Show Up
A few months ago, my church sensed a call to get involved with refugee ministry. There...
March 27, 2016
This is Sunday, All Day Long
What if I told you that you could change the world using only the first...
December 24, 2015
Meanwhile, Instead, Anyway: Christmas, the Great Conjunction
My high school English teacher--the one who showed me the wonders of eliminating 'to-be' verbs...
December 17, 2015
Let it Go: What Church Can and Can’t Be at Christmas
Here's what I did NOT need to see: that article from "Christianity Today" about how...
November 30, 2015
Keeping the Light
Normally, I’m a purist. Nothing green or sparkly goes up at my house until the...
August 05, 2015
$h*! Jesus Says: 7 Reasons I’m (Still) a Christian
This one's for the Skeptics, the Cynics, the Critics; the Dones, the Nones, and the...
July 19, 2015
Home By Another Way
I'm at my denomination's General Assembly this week. Every other year, in the HOTTEST PART...
June 27, 2015
Holy Edges: 10 Things to Preach if Your Church is Divided on Gay Marriage
It’s going to be a great day at my church tomorrow. My congregation has been...
June 24, 2015
Good Call: 10 Ways to Nail that Pastoral Search Interview
It's that time again. All over the country, exhausted pastoral search committees plow through another...
May 05, 2015
Beyond Pink Carnations: Why I Don’t Do Mother’s Day at Church
Most Sunday mornings, I take a few prayerful moments before worship. I stand at the...
March 31, 2015
Holy Week Survival Guide: 10 Life Hacks for Clergy
Lace up the trainers, zip up your robe. Eye of the tiger, baby. It is...
April 24, 2014
A Doctor, A Pastor, and a Car Salesman…
No, they're not walking into a bar. But perhaps they should... Here's what I know...
April 18, 2014
In New Skin, Again
Yes, this is what I do when I should be working on sermon notes, or...
January 22, 2014
I never know what to say when someone thanks me for making a hospital or...
December 23, 2013
In Church, At Christmas Time
It's Christmas week, and you know what that means--re-runs! I wrote this piece last year,...
December 17, 2013
Detour: Holiday Hospitality for Churches
It’s the week before Christmas. You haven’t been to church in a year. Maybe in...
September 12, 2013
I Never Wanted Church
Guest Post by Sarah Stewart Holland In 2009, I convinced my husband to leave our...
June 18, 2013
What’s the Point of Church?
We might not see it all the time, but I know that the church is...
May 01, 2013
Rootless and Wandering
If you ever wonder what pastors talk about when we get together, the topics are,...
December 24, 2012
Go and See
God comes wherever we are: even if we've failed to pray the right prayer; even...
December 19, 2012
In Church, at Christmastime
The phone is ringing off the hook, The sanctuary’s hard to book. Yes it’s clean--dare...
November 28, 2012
An Empty House
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