Pound Cake and Sweet Tea

When we lived in Georgia during our seminary years, we resided in a planned community called a mill village. The houses had wrap around porches and people sat out front on warm summer evenings. They sat in painted metal gliders and wooden porch swings; always swaying as kids played in the sandy front yards. SomeContinue reading “Pound Cake and Sweet Tea”

Dealing with Disappointment (at Christmas)

It is 100% certain that you will be dealing with people who have disappointed you during this holiday season. When we are around people who have disappointed us in one way or the other, a myriad of emotions are sent into frenzy by our brain. Particularly if these people who have hurt us are peopleContinue reading “Dealing with Disappointment (at Christmas)”

Leading in Perpetual Crisis (10 Keys)

I received two notes yesterday from highly committed parishioners.  Both thanked me for effectively leading the church through “crisis.”  My first thought was “which crisis?”  Since 2016 or so, the church world has been in a perpetual state of crisis.  The tornados keep touching down and the tornados already on the ground never seem toContinue reading “Leading in Perpetual Crisis (10 Keys)”

Recovering Civility (not tomorrow but today)

I don’t think it is a problem that people in America disagree on things. In fact, I think that is a good thing. If everyone in my life agreed with me on everything, I would live unchallenged. And as good as that initially sounds, it is antithetical to my growth as a human being. TheContinue reading “Recovering Civility (not tomorrow but today)”

I AM Going to Vote Tomorrow…

I am going to vote tomorrow in the Illinois primary. I always vote. And not because I am particularly enamored with the candidates or a particular candidate. I must confess that I am not. I vote out of respect for the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to give that right toContinue reading “I AM Going to Vote Tomorrow…”

One Pastor’s Thoughts (On a Dangerous World)

One Pastor’s Thoughts (On a Dangerous World) When I was a boy in the late 60’s and early 70’s the world was frozen in an ideological war that needed no explanation; it was all perfectly clear.  We wore blue, the Russians were red and the rest of the world had to pick a side and play. Continue reading “One Pastor’s Thoughts (On a Dangerous World)”

Seven Churches: Jesus (Message One)

Text: Revelation 1: 9-20 Title: Jesus Preaching from Revelation is a tough draw.  Guys like me who are more practical theologians than speculative ones, tend to steer away from it all together.  It stands wholly apart from the other sixty-five books of the Bible.  Revelation has been called a “playground for eccentrics,” dismissed as tooContinue reading “Seven Churches: Jesus (Message One)”