Religious Brand Loyalty

When I was growing up religion was of minor importance to my family – both nuclear and extended.  While it was recognized that being “politely religious” was something that good people were, it was also true to say that being “politely religious” meant you show up to worship once and a while and expect people…

Baptism Reflections

Well, I’m teaching a baptism class over the next eight weeks.  I’ve never been happy with the way I’ve taught baptism classes so I revamped the class for this set of candidates.  One of the exercises that the candidates are supposed to be practicing are reflections on the various passages I’ve got them reading each…

Oh the neighbors!

Today, our neighbors got together for a gathering we’ve been trying to make more and more “regular.”  We had 11 adults, 3 school-age kids, 1 toddler, and 2 babies running through our house today – and I loved just about every minute of it.  This is unusual for me because after a couple of hours…

When church rivalry goes violent

There are times when being a public figure like a pastor scare the bejeebers out of me. Living next to the church building leads to some interesting knocks on the door (like when I opened the door with to find a man holding both hands behind his back and asking, “Is the pastor home?”) –…

I hate being sick…

Earlier this year I missed my first sermon ever after I woke up and was ill early Sunday morning. It was hard to not be in worship on Sunday morning, but there was no way I would have been able to make it through without making myself even more sick.  One missed Sunday isn’t bad…

Not my pastor…

I will not endorse a candidate on this blog, or any other setting – it’s not something I’m free to do as a pastor, and nor do I think that the “pulpit” is a place where pastor’s should stump for candidates (this is, in fact, where I think Jeremiah Wright was absolutely wrong and crossed…