Who is the Old Dude?

I celebrated a birthday last week.  I am now officially fifty-nine.  I saw my reflection in a window recently and wondered, “Who is the old dude?” I am pretty sure I am now older than my dad.  I should have seen it coming.  I didn’t, but I should have.  It is like Christmas most years. Continue reading “Who is the Old Dude?”

A Dozen Things I am Seeing in Churches (Post Resurrection 2021)

I don’t think anyone knows what the church world is going to look like in the immediate future.  It is not that “things have changed” and we need to adjust.  It is that things won’t quit changing.  Most of what I read concerning the future is what writers “hope happens” (extinction of the mega-church, collapseContinue reading “A Dozen Things I am Seeing in Churches (Post Resurrection 2021)”

Dump it Out

Thinking about people today; in particular, people I perceive have treated me unfairly. People who walked out, didn’t care to get accurate information and said things that hurt. I am sure everyone has a “they treated me wrong” bucket but the issue at hand is what to do with it. My suggestion is to emptyContinue reading “Dump it Out”

The Upside of a Bad Relationship with God

Today I have been thinking about what it means to have a relationship with God. First of all, to be in relationship means you know something of another. You may not know everything and some of what you think you know may well be wrong but you know something of each other. Secondly it doesContinue reading “The Upside of a Bad Relationship with God”

God Can Bless Anything (But Nothing)

When Melissa and I were married in 1983, we decided to tithe despite the fact we collectively made $60 a week.  When I say tithe, I mean the old fashioned, ten percent off the top, tithe.  Every week we wrote an extremely sacrificial check and put it in the offering plate, not just out ofContinue reading “God Can Bless Anything (But Nothing)”

Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon)

Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon) (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013) Fridays are normally a day with the grandchildren. Melissa watches all four of them each weekday and since I take Fridays off, we are all in the house together all day. I used to sleep in every Friday, take the dog on a late walk, takeContinue reading “Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon)”

Controlling What We Can

We have no say in how we are treated by others. We can not control what they say about us; whether what they say is true, whether we get a fair shake or whether we are denied the benefit of the doubt. What we CAN control are our attitudes, actions and reactions. We can choseContinue reading “Controlling What We Can”

Musings on MLK Weekend 2021

When my daughter Lydia was in high school we didn’t really talk much. We spent time together but we didn’t really talk. In fact, I used to joke that the words she most often spoke to me during her teen-age years were, “Dad, is mom there?” and that was over the telephone. When we didContinue reading “Musings on MLK Weekend 2021”

Strengthening What Remains (A Word to the Church)

I had breakfast with my dad recently. We were exploring what the Western church will look like on the other side of COVID-19. We agreed that even churches who have been open for months on-site are still running less than half of the live attendance they did a year ago. What will happen with theContinue reading “Strengthening What Remains (A Word to the Church)”

Need a Fresh Start in 2021?

I recently heard someone say they were “hoping” for a better year in 2021. It didn’t sit right with me. To quote my Financial Coach Mark Brooks, “Hope isn’t a strategy.” I suggest we “choose” a better year in 2021. Here are ten choices you can make right now! 1. Choose to be happy ThatContinue reading “Need a Fresh Start in 2021?”