The Corporate Captivity of the Church

The church in the United States is in decline. There is nothing particularly earth-shattering about this. It is reported nearly everywhere on a regular basis. In my corner of the Bible-belt, the reasoning that is often given for this is the increasing cultural secularization and pluralization. This, of course, likely has something to do with…

On the Death of a Church

It was the first time that I had walked into the doors and sat near the back for the duration of the worship service. Being a pastor, I am typically at the front. I usually have tasks to do, responsibilities to which to attend. But today was different. I was not there as their pastor,…

Of Pests and Weeds

My life has been in flux lately. I concluded my time at the mission in Milwaukee and have transitioned into a small church surrounded by fields on the outskirts of one of the suburbs. My beloved and I have traded our fast-paced lives in a thriving neighborhood in a vibrant city of six hundred thousand,…

Adventures in Missing the Point

I love the gospel passages for the Sundays right after Easter Sunday.  The Sunday after Easter day has Jesus showing up to his disciples, but Thomas was absent. And he, bless his heart, expressed what they were likely all thinking, “‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger…

In the Bleak Midwinter

Sitting at my window, I cannot make out what exists outside. The view is obstructed by the coat of ice on the interior of the century old windows in my century old flat. It is winter, I am not complaining. I am from Michigan and live in Wisconsin, long and cold winters are simply part…