Sanctity of Whose Lives?

Tomorrow (January 17, 2016) is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. I had never heard of this Sunday observance prior to living in Michigan (2004-2007), and my first experience with it was very interesting. From the pulpit, speaker after speaker, and video after video on the screen talked about the evils of abortion, and as we…

The Sickness of Busyness

“The reason our churches are shrinking is because church has become just one option among a sea of options on Sunday mornings.” “It used to be that everything was closed on Sundays. People didn’t have all these distractions keeping them from coming to church.” “If we want to bring in young families, we need to…

It Will Never Get Any Smaller – a Thanksgiving Meditation

One of my very favorite movies has always been Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. The movie combined so many wonderful things – music, a compelling storyline, candy (what kid doesn’t love candy?), and the Buckets. And, I remember listening to the part of the movie where Gene Wilder would speak German…

The Church Is Hopeless

It’s no secret that many churches have dwindled in size. Prominent churches and pastors are embroiled in controversy. Not a week goes by that I don’t have someone tell me that they’ve left organized religion or that they’ve walked away from Christianity altogether. There’s so much pain, so much dysfunction, so many issues. As I…

Life’s Frantic Liturgy

We all follow a liturgy. I know that sounds strange, but I believe it to be true. When I was in college, I remember people asking me if I attended a liturgical church. Liturgical was supposed to be a code word for “boring,” or “the pastor wears a robe,” or “they read all their words…

Are Men and Women Enemies?

When God created Adam, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper as a partner” (Genesis 2:18, NRSV). And ever since this profound declaration, we have struggled to understand what it means. Countless articles and books have been written in an attempt to understand what the…

I’m Not That Kind of Reformed

Recently, I’ve noticed that the word reformed means very different things depending on who you are talking to. For some, reformed is a negative word that is thrown around to describe the kind of Christians you should hope you never become. For others, reformed is a word used to describe people who hold to a…