Language colors reality…

Today I was pondering a moment when a well-meaning member of Central proudly said to a group of visitor’s last summer, “I hired him!”  The language fascinates me because this is, in fact, the way that a good number of folks look at their pastors – they were “hired” and therefor are “employees.”  This particular…

We don’t do that any more

When you’ve been part of system where the default stance is to be in hostile conflict for a lengthy period of time, it tends to be bad for your soul.  This is because the system sucks in you energy, hopes, and passion and gives back only bitterness, burnout, and anger.  This is not a good…

Number 17

I was feeling introspective the other day and felt I needed to obtain a piece of information that’s always been available to me (in fact, I pass the answer in the form of a plaque every time I go up to my office)  – but one which I never took the time to learn.  I…

Wii Fit, much fun…

For mother’s day, my wife wanted me to order a Wii Fit. It didn’t like having to make my wife wait a bit for the bulk of her mother’s day present – but she was generously patient and we picked up our pre-ordered Wii Fit on Wednesday this week. All I can say is, “This…

Signs of Life

One of the great struggles in pastoring a church that has been chronically shrinking is that people tend to want to focus on their struggles and frustrations than on trying to find ways to be faithful to our shared calling.  This creates a vicious cycle which accelerates the very decay that is contributing to the…

And the geeks shall inherit the routers

My wife and daughter took a girl-scout trip this morning, which left my son and I alone in the house.  he’s been wanting to get outside the last couple of days, but he’s been running a fever on and off so he’s been pretty much cooped up.  This morning was gorgeous, and we spent a…