Welcome To Post-Adulthood?

This recent Washington Post article highlights an idea foreign to the majority of us living in Western culture. Dr. Bill Thomas contends, "...there is a 'third' phase of life beyond adulthood that can be as rich as either of the phases that came before." This idea has implications for the church - if only we have ears to hear.For those interested in nurturing spiritual growth and development throughout every phase of life, and some of those who work with aging populations, these words are m … [Read more...]

Unpacking Once More

Some of you have followed the account of our recent (mis)adventure of our most recent move via Facebook and Twitter. After more than 3-1/2 years in a quirky 1970's townhome in a northwest suburb of Chicago, our landlord told us toward the end of January that we'd need to find a new place to live as the place was going to be sold. It wasn't exactly a surprise, as there have probably been close to 40 showings of the property since late November. We learned that few people dig a mirrored wall in an … [Read more...]

Unintended Consequences Of The Jesus Movement: Seeking The Seeker

Jesus came to seek and save the lost, and told his followers to do the same. The call to mission has always been at the heart of the church's identity.When the first crop of new believers came to faith during the Jesus Movement of the late 1960's and early 1970's, many of them discovered that the churches they began attending didn't have a category for them. Many socially-conservative church members were scandalized by the hippie dress and the sex-drugs-rock-`n-roll lifestyles the Jesus … [Read more...]

Review: What Every Christian Needs To Know About The Jewishness Of Jesus

What was first-century Judaism like? How did first-century Judaism help people approach God and draw holiness into their lives? When Jesus, a Jew, thought of God and Scripture and prayer, what kinds of things was he thinking about? By looking at the life of Jesus as a Jewish life, this book seeks to uncover the Jewish roots of Christianity. I want to hear Jesus the way his contemporaries—Jews in first-century Israel and Galilee—would have heard him. I want to understand him the way his Jewish con … [Read more...]

At The Intersection Of Time And Eternity: Lent

Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. (Matthew 9:15, Mark 2:19-20, Luke 5:34-35)  Lent was a word once commonly used to describe the lengthening days as winter moved toward spring in the northern hemisphere. Today, it tells a very specific story about the forty days leading up to Easter on the Christian liturgical calendar. Lent begins this year on Wednesday, Febr … [Read more...]

We Don’t Age Out Of Our Sexuality

This post is part of a weekly Her.meneutics series called The Sex We Don’t Talk About, designed to feature female perspectives on aspects of sex and sexuality that can go overlooked in the church. During the season 6 premiere of Downton Abbey, head housekeeper Mrs. Hughes confides to her friend Mrs. Patmore, the house’s cook, that she is concerned about intimacy in her impending marriage. “Look at me,” she says. “I’m a woman in late middle age.” Hughes wonders if it would be better to leave that … [Read more...]

Unintended Consequences Of The Jesus Movement: Church by Org Chart

The middle-aged man stood before our group of mostly thirty-something congregational lay leaders and announced with the kind of certainty that comes from being a paid, invited consultant, "80% of most congregations are comprised of people with the spiritual gift of helps."Our pastoral team had invited him to come to our church in the early 1980's to help us come up with a way to move forward after the resignation of the leader who'd launched the church during the Jesus Movement during the ea … [Read more...]