Pilgrim’s Road Trip #11 – Don’t Have To Live Like A Refugee

We live as exiles. We’re called to be pilgrims.I am journeying through Scripture chronologically, stopping at a few oases along the way, in order to contemplate our exile experience. I’ll also offer some helpful thoughts about how Christ can reshape that identity and reorient our journey so we live as pilgrims. To read earlier posts in the series, click here. * * * * * * * Tom Petty's anthem addressing a lover who clutched her past baggage like a security blanket and lived as though she was … [Read more...]

40+ Adults And The Church / Survey Results #3

Sidelined by loss. Pushed out by politics. Tired of doing, doing, doing. Invisible. Irrelevant.More time = greater availability to serve. Anxious to contribute. Longing to transmit the faith to the next generation.Mutually exclusive sentiments?Not when it comes to the relationship those of us over 40 have with the local church.A week ago, I posted a survey on the topic here. I wasn't sure if I'd get much of a response. I was hoping to hear from maybe 50 of you. As of this … [Read more...]

40+ Adults And The Church / Survey Results #2

The most remarkable part of the survey I posted last week came when I queried respondents about their current level of church involvement, how this current level compared to their involvement 10 years ago, and then asked why they'd answered as they had. To find out what I discovered about the survey's respondents and connections with a local church, click here.At the time of this writing, 163 people had taken the survey. 141 of them answered my question about their level of involvement in a … [Read more...]

40+ Adults And The Church / Survey Results #1

One conversation led to another. And another. And a bunch more after that. The conversations seemed to have a similar theme: "I'm over 40, and I have questions about my relationship with the local church."I'm a question-asker myself, and those conversations led me to wonder if there was something more to these exchanges than merely being a series of unplugged conversations with friends. I decided to put together a short on-line survey to find out. (Click here to have a peek at the … [Read more...]

Tomato Jonestown

Because I think we could all use a grin at the end of what has been a wild and heartbreaking week, I'm sharing a quick bit of something I wrote several years ago. It's a part of a longer story in my book Uprooted: Growing A Parable Life From the Inside Out, but I am sharing it here because every spring, when all the gardeners are girding their loins for another round of Human Vs. Nature, I get a little nostalgic about my own doomed attempts at gardening. Tomato Jonestown A few years ago, my … [Read more...]

Over 40? Share your church experience via brief survey

During the last few months, I've had numerous conversations with a number of people over 40 who are trying to make sense of their relationship with a local church. Pollster George Barna's 2011 State Of The Church survey reported that church attendance is on the decline among adults. One of the most significant drops in regular attendance came among Baby Boomers, those born between 1946-1964. Baby Busters, those born between 1965-1983, have seen an uptick in the number of those who do not claim … [Read more...]

When the airport security line becomes a place of prayer

We will be watching the slow-mo horror of today's bomb blasts in Boston over the next few days as we grieve those who lost their lives (two three at the time of this writing), reel in collective shock over the stories of those whose lives have been forever changed by injury and trauma, and adjust to the new version of normal in this country. We will watch that bomb blast footage over and over again until it becomes as familiar to us as the footage of planes crashing into towers, of children … [Read more...]