Should Churches Discuss Politics?

It’s on everyone’s minds. It’s all over the news. Millions of women took to the streets to make their voices heard. Should churches join in the political talk or not? I say yes. The Bible is intensely political. Every prophet risks their skin by talking truth to...

When Belief Isn’t Enough

What’s the main reason people leave the church?  It’s not politics.  It’s not traditional worship. It’s not talk of money. It’s not unfriendly or overbearing people. It’s not the appearance or age of the building. It’s not generationally-imbalanced...

The 3 Rules of Survival that Will Do Us In

I’ve never heard a denominational executive say these words before: “You were called by God to serve the Kingdom. So do that. Don’t worry about the institutional church.” He stood before some 40 clergy colleagues at a recent clergy orders retreat I led. The room was...

7 Tips for Keeping Cool in Hot Times

Trump and Hillary. The Republican National Convention, the Democratic National Convention, polarizing politics. Blue on black violence. Black on blue violence. Vets killing cops. Terrorist attacks. Endless mass shootings. Add to this already explosive mix, the...

4 Bold Moves Zumba Can Teach the Church

I’m a Zumba aficionado.  I admit it.  I love the rhythms, the music, and the fun of these classes.  Zumba, in case you don’t know, is a fitness class that draws on elements of Latin dance moves such as salsa, merengue, and cumbia.  It also involves a fair amount of of...

Crowd-Sourced Worship: Perks and Perils

Agree or disagree: people have to be told how to connect to God or what to say to God, God speaks only to the few and the well-placed. If you disagreed with the above, then you are ready to experiment with crowd-sourced worship. I discovered crowd-sourced worship the...