I just left the funeral for the church…

I went to a green liberal arts college for undergrad back in the late 90s. While environmental issues were in the public sphere already, many of the conversations we had were way ahead …

The Arbitrary God of Most #NFL Prayers

“Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name!” Psalm 79:6 It is often noted that …

People of Abraham, unite!

We Christians sometimes forget that God did not start with us. The original covenant was with our spiritual ancestors, the Hebrews. Through grace and the fullness of time, prophets came …

Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?

“We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out …

Is Your Church Still Picking a Fight with Science?

In recent years, Christianity has had several embarrassing conflicts with science. Literalists dictating public school curriculum, provocative but empty debates defending creationism, and the persistent refusal of some to acknowledge a growing …

What Can We Learn From Europe’s Empty Churches?

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal ran a fascinating story exploring the problems posed by the continuing decline of Christian worship in Europe and the challenge of the buildings that …

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 …

A letter I wish every Pastor would read

Dear Pastor, We need you to lead. Most of us good people in the pews know that leadership is a difficult task. Many of us have day jobs that require similar …