Why Some Of Us Find Community Almost Everywhere but Church

A Caveat   I know at the outset, the words in the title above before good and noble churchmen and practitioners teeter-totter on the precipice of sacrilege. In fact, if you have spent more than a day exposed to your version of Christendom, a sort of immediate gag reflex kicks in based either on what …

Broken Into Disbelief

A Revelation  As I was reading through the book of Exodus the other morning, though not my run of the mill experience, I came upon a verse that literally stopped me in my tracks.  Like a hungry man in clear view of something simmering on the stove, I sniffed further to see what awaited me. …

The Pain, and Yet Consequent Freedom of Being Ordinary

I can remember, every since I was a very young lad indeed, this idea that would often well up inside me and overtake my thoughts regardless of what activity I partook in. Whether it was playing with my friends atop their tree house fort, stuck at a purgatory-like family reunion lunch, asleep inside my favorite …

Walking the Life of Faith: A Humble Corrective to the Success Paradigm of American Christianity and Ministry from the Pauline Playbook of Suffering and Failure- Part II

Well if you are still sticking around today to read this blog, either as I mentioned yesterday you are just a sucker for punishment, you can’t resist seeing a man bathe mercilessly in his misery, or perhaps, just perhaps, you’re reading because I’ve got something to say that might be good for us all to …

Walking the Life of Faith: A Humble Corrective to the Success Paradigm of American Christianity and Ministry from the Pauline Playbook of Suffering and Failure- Part I

I’ve been pondering a lot lately about what it means to live a life of faith. In my last blog post I sort of introduced that thought in saying that I believe that living a life of faith has to mean more than what we currently see of the average American Christian; including and “especially” …

Living on the “Back 9”: What Should Life After 50 Mean for the American Christian?

I have never have really been into the sport of golf. To say that is all too obvious to those who know me well. In fact, once as a pastor long, long ago I had one of my parishioners give me a set of Big Bertha clubs that I later gave away without batting an …

Defenders of the Truth or Blocking People From the Truth?: A Kind Rebuttal to the Self-Proclaimed Judges of Robin Williams Suicide

In recent days I’ve had the misfortune of reading various posts from well-meaning evangelicals asserting their theological stance on the “right or wrongness” of the beloved Robin Williams suicide and his resultant place in eternity.  It seems that in a world where everyone has a voice regardless of their credentials–as fate would have it, the …