Lent: It’s more fun and alleluias than you think

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If you spend any time with social media, you probably noticed the number of Facebook postings that featured Puritan Valentine’s Day Cards.  The artwork wasn’t very elaborate, as should be the case with Puritan cards.  But I loved the sentiments.  One card read: “You’ve bewitched me.  There’s no other explanation for the gophers in my garden.” Another announced: “I thought to write you a love poem.  For that thought I have beaten myself with a rough branch each night … [Read more...]

Nothing to Celebrate: Question Nine of Ten

   Taking The Dave Test during the Holiday  Question Eight: “Can I walk wounded?” Introduction to the series Much of the last year was thread through with considerable loss.  My brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died this last January as the result of a fall that was due in large part to his disease.  He would have been 58 years old in October. In reaction to Dave’s quest to find a durable faith and supportive friends, I wrote a … [Read more...]

No Cause for Celebration: Question Five of Ten

   Taking The Dave Test during the Holidays                                     Question Five: “Can I give up trading in magic and superstition?”                                               Introduction to the series Much of the last year was thread through with considerable loss.  My brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died this last January as the result of a fall that was due in large part to … [Read more...]

No Cause for Celebration: Question Four of Ten

   Taking The Dave Test during the Holidays                                     Question Four: “Can I admit that some things will never get better?”                                               Introduction to the series Much of the last year was thread through with considerable loss.  My brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died this last January as the result of a fall that was due in large part … [Read more...]

No Cause for Celebration: Question Three of Ten

     Taking The Dave Test during the Holidays                                     Question Three: “Can I avoid using stained glass language?”                                               Introduction to the series Much of the last year was thread through with considerable loss.  My brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died this last January as the result of a fall that was due in large … [Read more...]

No Cause for Celebration: Question Two of Ten

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    Taking The Dave Test during the Holidays   Question Two: “Can I give up my broken gods?”     Introduction to the series Much of the last year was thread through with considerable loss.  My brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died this last January as the result of a fall that was due in large part to his disease.  He would have been 58 years old in October. In reaction to Dave’s quest to find a durable … [Read more...]

A Vulnerable Church: Passing The Dave Test

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Much of the last year was thread through with considerable loss.  My brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died this last January as the result of a fall that was due in large part to his disease.  He would have been 58 years old this month. In reaction to Dave’s quest to find a durable faith and supportive friends, I wrote a book called The Dave Test, which was just released by Abingdon Press.  The book distills Dave’s quest into ten questions that … [Read more...]

Your Church has an Angel

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It’s time to begin thinking in new ways about church. Clergy often focus on the numbers and problems: the size of the budget, the number of people who pledge, average Sunday attendance, and a long list of other numbers.  Beyond that, all too often the conversation among clergy turns to questions about the problems to be solved and the hurdles to be cleared. Lay people, on the other hand, often focus on the question, “What does this church have to offer?”  “How is the preaching, the … [Read more...]


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