Spiritual Remembering, Part 1

Spiritual Remembering, Part 1

We need reminders. Our to-do-lists and calendars give us proof enough. We search for car keys. We use someone else’s phone to call ours. Then we listen through the house hoping it will reveal its location. I guess, too, that we’ve learned our forgetfulness...
Pastoring Ministry Volunteers, Part 3

Pastoring Ministry Volunteers, Part 3

A selfie culture can radically mis-shape the way American Christians think about using their gifts and volunteering in local churches. Let’s look at three selfie influences that damage volunteer teams and ministries.   The “It’s All or Nothing Selfie” “I’m not like...
Tasting the Pleasures of God’s Presence

Tasting the Pleasures of God’s Presence

It is not easy to suggest to someone in our congregation that we learn how to practice God’s presence together. After all, for many, the idea of spending a moment-by-moment life with God doesn’t sound exciting. What if God is annoying or socially awkward;...
Recognizing God’s Nearness

Recognizing God’s Nearness

The largest human questions are sometimes asked in the most ordinary and smallest of places. “Where is God?” As a little boy, my youngest son Caleb asked this sacred question before bed. “He is everywhere” I say. “Is he in my room?” “Yes, I say, He is...