The Problem with Deferred Maintenance

Deferred maintenance in the church is like an onion; it has layers and it stinks. Deferred maintenance is defined as “the practice of postponing maintenance activities such as repairs on …

7 Hopes for the Church this Easter

There are many reasons to be down on the church. Prominent church leaders appear regularly in the news, too often in the midst of a scandal. Some churches have aligned …

In Defense of Slow Church

With trepidation, I went to a party with old high school friends last week. “Friends,” as a term, should not be taken too seriously. While I attended with a few …

Is Your Church Still Listening to Vinyl?

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m in my car heading to worship at an innovative faith community in a south Seattle neighborhood. I’m also listening to an AM radio station trying …

Witch Hunt(s) in Ferguson

Sarah Wildes was a witch. At least that is what the good people of Salem, Massachusetts thought. She was accused, received a hasty trial, and then was executed by hanging …

Are you breaking up with me?

Hello it’s me, your church building. I’m writing to you today to try to clear the air. To be honest, I’m not sure that I understand the growing animosity between …

The Crystal Cathedral Double-Down

eligions News Service recently ran an article on the restoration and rebranding of the Crystal Cathedral as the “Christ Cathedral” for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. If you head over …