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The Deflection of Responsibility

Why haven’t we solved the issue of mass shootings and gun violence? We have been living with escalating gun violence at least since Columbine, if not earlier. Yet, it’s not an intractable problem. Other countries like Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and the...

The Role of the Church in Gun Violence

In 1999, I was co-pastoring a church in Parker, Colorado when the Columbine shooting happened in the community next door. At that time, school shootings were relatively infrequent. It was wholly unbelievable that it had happened in our community. Even more unthinkable...

How Do We Do More with Less? A Post-Pandemic Answer

Over the past month, I’ve written a series of blogs addressing the three post-pandemic questions every church leader wants answered. The first two questions I explored were “When do things go back to normal?” and “How do we get people (back) to church?” This week I am...

How Do We Get People (Back) to Church? A Post-Pandemic Answer

How do we get people back to church – or even get them there for the first time? This is the second of the top three questions most on people’s minds post-pandemic. Worshiping together is the heart of the church. Empty pews are a tough reality to face now that the...

When Do Things Go Back to Normal? A Post-Pandemic Answer

Given the events of 2020, 2021, and 2022 that have dramatically impacted and changed the landscape in which churches operate, it’s important to address three persistent questions I hear church leaders asking. In last week’s blog, I shared each of the three questions,...

Three Post-Pandemic Questions Every Church Leader Wants Answered

We are two years and two months out from the day the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. Churches and other houses of worship have been profoundly affected by the pandemic. These places where people gathered in the tens, hundreds, and...

Methodist Spirituality in a Post-Pandemic World

According to Google, searches for prayer were at an all-time high during the height of the pandemic. Six out of ten people in the US and around the world prayed for an end to the pandemic. People were desperate for a solution. But now that COVID is receding, churches...

Ministry in a Digital World

The pandemic hastened online adoption in nearly every area of our lives. However, as with any new technology, people and institutions adopt technology at different rates. While online tech is the answer for many congregations, not every church will be able to do all...

Embracing a Jewish Jesus

This week we celebrate the miracle around which Christian life revolves: the death and resurrection of Jesus. It makes me wonder if we are truly ready to embrace a Jewish Jesus. Jesus is seen as a Jew in many pulpits and pews, but usually as an exception, an anomaly....

The Power of Community to Heal

We live in a time of deep political, economic, religious, social, racial, and generational polarization. It’s hard to agree on truth, let alone find traction to move forward. Yet, the church has an important role to play. We know the power of community to heal. So,...

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