Why Churches are Poor

At a recent clergy retreat I attended, we prayed a prayer that went something like this:  “O Lord, keep us far from the riches of the world.”  Each of us was sincere in our prayers. Later it occurred to me that God is indeed answering that prayer!  Many churches find...

Give Up Going to Church

This week of Lent, my suggestion is to give up going to church.  Some of you already have.  The rest of you may be wondering why on earth I would make this suggestion.  Isn’t the whole push for congregational renewal to get people back in to church? Jesus went to...

Mixed Messages about Money

A friend related the following story to me. “Before I left for church on Sunday, I realized it was the week to make a contribution to the church.  I hadn’t been there all month and it was time to pay my tithe. I wrote the check out ahead of time, showed up...

Does Your Church Have Laryngitis?

“The church thinks that young people will save the church, but actually young people want to save the world,” said Rev. Jeremy Smith, popular blogger.  “If we can show them that young people can save the world through the church, then young people will gladly be a...

Diary of a Wimpy Church

The delightful New York Times bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid details Greg Hefley’s misadventures in Middle School as told through cartoon entries in his diary.  He records his insights and questions, his frustrations and aspirations.  He’s writing it now so one day...

Top 3 Ways to Avoid Resurrection

Resurrection is the promise of Easter.   The only trouble is no death, no new life!  I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that new life is what I crave! So this Holy Week, I thought I’d share with you the top 3 ways to avoid resurrection: 1.  Refusal...