Every dying church in America has a community garden. Here’s a different idea

Struggling congregations tend to chase after popular strategies rather than do what Jesus commanded — make disciples, says the United Methodist pastor of a replanted church in Dallas. [Read more…]

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My feminist strategy for dealing with criticism as a Christian leader

What do you do when you’re called shrill, hysterical or bossy? The executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches responds by feeling deeply and sharing her pain. Reprinted from Faith and Leadership. Christians say awful things to one another. I wish I hadn’t had to learn this as the leader of a Christian institution. [Read More…]

Politics, Polarization, and Entrepreneurship

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. In his prophetic post World War I poem The Second Coming, W. B. Yeats writes: “The blood dimmed tide is loosed and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned, The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.” [Read More…]

The pastoral vocation in the age of President Trump

Donald Trump may be a different kind of leader, perhaps even a threat to our democracy, but that doesn’t change the nature of the pastoral vocation, says an Iowa pastor. The pastor is the keeper of a space where we stand on a firm foundation. Reprinted from Faith & Leadership. By Cameron Barr Not long [Read More…]

What Makes a Champagne Flute Like a Kiddush Cup?

We ran across this LinkedIn post written by a Christian paralegal and thought it served as a good example of someone applying their faith to the questions of their job. We’ve reprinted it here with some small adaptations. By Jacob Lehmann Most of the time, I don’t pay much attention to the opinions that come out [Read More…]

Cleaning and Cultural Prejudice: A Reflection on Good Practices and Toxic Theology #AshWednesday

By Stephen Milliken Cleaning. Everybody at some point in their lives has to clean up something. But interestingly, those of us who practice this discipline the most tend to be society’s most neglected, or at least second class citizens. Gender norms place cleaning within women’s work, drudgery not fit for the magnanimous free thoughts of [Read More…]