Hung over after Holy Week, Church Leader?

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Dear Church Leader,Are you hung over today?No matter what your church tradition, you're coming off the most intense worship schedule of your Church calendar. Nothing compares to Holy Week, not even the Christmas season. If you're shepherding a liturgical church, you've had a long run-up to holy week, beginning with Ash Wednesday 47 days ago. But even if your congregation doesn't add additional services during Lent, this past week has probably been packed with anything from … [Read more...]

A Plea: Listen To The Voice Of Grief

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Last Friday, Christianity Today's Her.meneutics blog ran my post entitled "Like Valerie Harper, We're All Terminal". In it, I contended that we in the Church talk a lot about eternal life, but we stink at helping each other deal with death. After I wrote the Valerie Harper post, but prior to it being published, I received a series of emails from a young ministry wife I'll call "T". I referenced her story briefly here.Because of her life circumstances, "T" requested that I not share her name. … [Read more...]

When Theology Becomes An Assault Weapon

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What appears to be pristine theology, presented in user-friendly form, may in fact be a deadly assault weapon.A young friend was struggling with how to trust God as she faced infertility. She didn't feel as though the Ladies Bible study crew at her church would be the best place for her to process her questions and emotions. I suggested we read a book together - something that could shape our conversation and our prayers. I offered four titles addressing the subject of trust, a couple of … [Read more...]

Pray For The Johns Day

There are many worthy organizations working to end human trafficking and sex slavery. These efforts refract the love of Jesus into dark, difficult  places and carry out his ministry of setting captives free.The thing is, those who sell their bodies for money or drugs are not the only captives here. Their customers - the johns - are captives, too.Anna Broadway, a fellow contributor to Christianity Today's Her.meneutics blog, launched a prayer initiative last year called Pray For The Johns … [Read more...]

O Come, O Come Emmanuel | Lament

O come, o come, Emmanuel,  And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here  Until the Son of God appear.  I am lost; my exile is a homeless home. The brightness of your promise fades, early sundown on a cold, dark winter afternoon. God-with-us, where are you? Oh, come, our Wisdom from on high, Who ordered all things mightily; To us the path of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to go.  I am lost and this kind of lostness is compassless chaos, borderless prison. Promises of a way … [Read more...]

I was wrong about you, Beth Moore

Beth Moore, you surprised me.When I worked at a seminary bookstore, various women's ministry leaders from the local church community would call or come in to order curriculum for their study groups. It seemed as though about 90% of them ordered Beth Moore's materials. The Moore-orderers tended to be older, conservative women from churches that sponsored women's events titled with words like "tea", "spa", "scrapbook" and "chocolate" (sometimes in especially-trying-too-hard combinations like " … [Read more...]

Buh-buy, Siloed Spirituality

Though the suburban Chicago landscape is cluttered with far more strip malls than silos, it was the image of those tall, self-contained round storage units that seemed the best image to describe the problem. Get out of the city, drive through this region's farmland, and you'll see one or two silos marking most every agricultural property. Each self-contained silo holds similar contents, but none have any visual connection with the others around them.The Evangelical churches in our area were … [Read more...]


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