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October 20, 2015
20 Before 40: A Birthday Wish List
Your birthday is not the best day to start a diet. So I’m not. However,...
September 22, 2015
Talking to Strangers: Scene in a Bar
I was drinking a beer. That was her first clue that I wasn’t a real...
August 06, 2015
Get Well Soon! And Other Perky Things Not to Say to a Dying Person
I was on my way out the door to visit a church member in hospice care....
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 30, 2015
And Yet: Two Words to Transform The Church
A friend of mine who works in youth ministry has a theory: Millennials, contrary to...
July 28, 2015
Sinking Ships: 6 Do’s, and One Big Don’t, for Fundraising
Ever been on a sinking ship? I have. Literally. But not for long. Because the...
July 27, 2015
More than Half Enough
Guest post, by Rev. Ryan Motter “Well, look at you. You’re half the man you...
July 19, 2015
Home By Another Way
I'm at my denomination's General Assembly this week. Every other year, in the HOTTEST PART...
July 10, 2015
Cloud By Day: Living With Ambiguity and Measuring Ministry
In every generation, people of faith journey across the hazy plains of “What does this...
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...
April 21, 2015
10 Signs of Life: Your Church Might Just Make It
I once took a group of church leaders on a planning/visioning retreat. We read and...
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...
November 20, 2014
Talking to Strangers
It was Sunday morning. I stopped at my favorite, may or may not have chosen...
September 17, 2014
How to Do It All
Sometimes other clergy ask for advice on how to balance being a pastor and a...
August 20, 2014
Mapping the Message: A Choose Your Own Adventure Tale for Preachers
When I write about pastoral life, I try to make it interesting and/or useful to...
August 05, 2014
Peach and Potato: A Parable
Listen: Yesterday I went to rural Missouri with some youth and other church folks. We...
May 27, 2014
Dig In: 10 Ways to Find Your Feet in a New Place
Hey. I haven’t had much to say lately. I’m not sure why that is, other...
May 05, 2014
Life Out There: Celebrating 5 Years of Patheos
As a writer, I live 'in here,' in my head much of the time. As...
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...
March 27, 2014
Buzzfeed Your Soul: Which Whatever Are You?
Which Downton Abby character are you? Buzzfeed wanted to know. Ok, fine. I’ll play. I...
February 20, 2014
We Who Are Alive (or, 10 Reasons the Church Ain’t Dead Yet)
"The mainline church is in decline." "Religious leaders no longer carry any authority in the...
January 22, 2014
I never know what to say when someone thanks me for making a hospital or...
January 15, 2014
Mailing, Failing, and Yard Sign Nailing
DEAR CHURCH DOWN THE ROAD*: I wanted to thank you for your excellent marketing approach...
November 06, 2013
$*^! Jesus Says: The Dumb Questions Edition
You have heard it said that there are 'no stupid questions, only stupid answers.' But...
August 06, 2013
The Sacred Maybe
I have a boy who is almost 3, but he's been talking like 4 since...
July 26, 2013
Parking, Free for All (?)
My church shares space with a secular preschool. It is a WONDERFUl school. As far as I know,...
June 01, 2013
On Enjoying the Show
I remember when dance recital week was the busiest/most stressful week of the year. I...
May 26, 2013
Nine years ago—this weekend exactly—I was ordained to Christian ministry. I remember a few things...
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