I don’t know if it’s true, but the number one reason I hear from people who are not interested in church is that it’s full of hypocrites. And, I agree. It is full of hypocrites. That’s the whole idea behind becoming more like Jesus. It’s a fight and a struggle, and all the failure in between is, well, hypocritical. But there’s a difference between trying and failing and outright manipulation. A difference, I would add, that in the hands of the right people is deceptively hard…Continue Reading “How to Spot a Con”
I’m not a Rolling Stones fan because of their music (or their sweet spirits). I only became a fan, if you could call it that, after I read Rich Cohen’s wonderful (and sometimes irreverent) book, The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones. What struck me was how human and mortal and, often, mediocre, the Rollings Stones were (and still are). These guys have persisted to near legendary status, but yet, they’re not legends. They’re not even that special. They’re just people. The same is often true for us–followers of God–called to…Continue Reading “5 Lessons I Learned About Ministry from the Rolling Stones”
Like the old saying, All truth is God’s truth. My lessons from the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
Some things are too important to mess up. But ironically, it’s for this reason we often make a mess of things. I am learning again, from my children, a way forward.
How do we go from a world of superficial friends to community of actual friends? One way is to think in questions. This changes your focus from you to them.
Answers in Genesis opened their Noah’s Ark exhibit to a storm of criticism from inside the Christian community. And I couldn’t help but think: wait, we’re all Christians here–why are we shooting at each other?
Anyone who’s either brave or stupid can grab the reigns. But it’s a special kind of person who can move us forward without losing us all in the process.
Everyone goes through pain. But not everyone experiences it the same. Finding balance is the antidote to pain.