Implosion’s launch pad

There are hundreds of church growth seminars offering church leaders enough "tools for their leadership toolbox" to stock a Home Depot. I've never heard of a seminar telling church leaders how to shrink their congregations...or even to kill them...but this happens A LOT. Stagnation, shrinkage or complete collapse may be more common than the stunning growth that those church growth seminars seem to showcase. I'm thinking about this today because some friends from a former congregation sent us a … [Read more...]

File this under “(Way) Too Much Information”

Quite possibly, the wackiest headline I've ever seen. … [Read more...]

Two Sunday morning moments

An African guest at our church stood in front of the congregation this morning,,'s New Testament selection. His richly-accented English brought the passage alive for me in a fresh way. It was verse 15 that struck me: "As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, 'This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food'". Even if our reader came from a densely-populated … [Read more...]

Back 2 School

When I was in 2nd grade, Miss Nelson used to have us go around the classroom by rows, reading aloud. My desk was next to a row of bookshelves, and I would pull a way more interesting grown-up book from the shelves and hide it inside the classroom readers that featured the compelling stories of Dick, Jane, Sally (oh, that Sally!), Spot and Puff. While the rest of the class soldiered on through this exercise, I worked my way through the classroom's library of subject matter. When the kid in front … [Read more...]


I happened to start my new job two days before a combo retreat and leadership training sesssion, which meant I got to attend the event. It was held here. I have driven by the place no less than 7.5 bazillion times (OK, that might be a bit of a stretch) and had no idea there was another world beyond the dense tangle of trees and shrubs snuggled up against the state highway bordering the property on the south. The slim iron archway framing the narrow entrance doesn't exactly say, "Come on in, … [Read more...]

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Growing a parable life

When I hear people talking about the stories Jesus told, I listen. I've spent the last few years focused on them. Yes, I've studied them, read lots of commentaries and sermons, delighted in contemplating them and written 2 books about them...but the true joy for me is simply immersing myself in these stories. These stories are my birthright (and yours) as a beloved child of the King. They describe His life and must define mine. This morning at church, the Gospel reading came from Matthew 13:1-9, … [Read more...]