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June 04, 2018
It Was Never About the Cake: A ‘Narrow’ Ruling, and a Love Note for PRIDE Month
It's not about the cake. It was never about the cake. And yet, here we...
February 20, 2018
A Better Way: Support of Haiti Orphanages Does More Harm Than Good
Guest Post: Margot DeGreef It's a common sight: American church groups traveling in matching t-shirts, with a...
November 13, 2017
At the Same Table: On God’s Economy, and Serving Two Masters
A stewardship sermon on Luke 16:1-13. The Parable of the Dishonest Manager 16 Then Jesus said 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...
October 09, 2017
Hymns for the Crossing
When you are at the funeral of a non-church person, nobody sings.
September 28, 2017
Wide Awake: True Confessions of a Bedtime Hater
We've become a nation of walking zombies. It is affecting not just our health, but...
August 16, 2017
Praying Through a Megaphone: Taking Church Outside
Guest post: Rev. Megan Severns Huston This week I learned how to pray through a...
July 26, 2017
Lace Up, and Go Care for the Wounded
A sad truth for today: I have maybe the best, most timely and important post...
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...
June 14, 2017
Along for the Ride: A Very P.K. Summer, Part I
If you are a parent, then you know the mixed blessing of summer. On the...
May 11, 2017
Duke Drama: A Lesson In Mission Focus
A guest post from my friend (and Duke Divinity School alum) Chris Furr. When I...
April 20, 2017
Your Church Does Not Need Volunteers
I was writing my weekly note to the congregation (a few days late, because I...
April 10, 2017
The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Holy Week Clergy Burnout
There's this story we clergy tell religiously around this time every year. Not the thing...
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...
January 05, 2017
10 Ways to Care for Someone (When Nothing Will Fix It)
You just can't imagine what they must be going through. You don't know what you...
December 21, 2016
The End of Words: A Zechariah Advent
Thanks to the magic of Facebook pop-up memories, I revisit the posts of Christmas Past...
November 30, 2016
Assemble: Word 3, Advent 1
One of the best parts of Christmas at my house is getting out the nativity...
November 28, 2016
Anticipate: Advent 1, Word 1
I spend a lot of my time and energy anticipating future needs. Mine, and those...
June 01, 2016
Ticking Clock and Turning Tide
We are not theme park people. We are National Park people. We are beach people....
May 24, 2016
$10 In My Pocket
Guest Post: by Tiffany Flaming I have $10 in my pocket. It might as well...
May 18, 2016
The Poetry of Emptiness: Reflections from the Festival of Homiletics
Guest post: My friend and colleague Rev. Laura Ann Phillips shares a good word from...
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...
May 09, 2016
Cleaning the Brushes: The Never-Done Work of Ministry
My friend Kory shares some thoughts on the "never done-ness" of ministry. On behalf of...
May 03, 2016
Lost and Found: A Parable In Socks
You know what was great about living in the desert all those years? Among other...
April 20, 2016
7 Ways From Sunday: 7 True Things From 7 Years of Blogging
Yesterday, I logged into my "back end" blog stuff to edit something and noticed--purely by...
February 10, 2016
The Death We Carry
I've been planning this for weeks. An intentional out-of-office beginning to Lent; traveling to different...
February 02, 2016
Clergy Survival Guide: Flu Season Edition
I once had a teacher who suffered from severe mysophobia (fear of germs) to the point...
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...
October 26, 2015
7 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for Dating…Without Using a Shotgun
It’s the oldest joke in our cultural lexicon: the father, casually cleaning his shotgun on...
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