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Maybe It’s Time to Give Church a Second Chance

Maybe It’s Time to Give Church a Second Chance

Apr 17, 2014

My father was the chairman of the deacons, and my mom was a member of the Women’s Missionary Union in the small Southern Baptist church we attended when I was young. Daddy used to say if the doors of the church were open for any type of meeting, we would be there … and that’s exactly the way it was as long as I lived in my parents’ home....

The Lying Church

The Lying Church

Feb 8, 2014

I got annoyed again. Okay, maybe this trend says more about me than about the Church, but from what I’m reading in the media and from the mass exodus of millennials from organized faith services, I don’t think I’m just being cranky. One of our problems within the Church is our self-delusion. By the way, I’m using “Church” with a capital-C to indicate a...

Why Nobody takes the Church Seriously Anymore

Why Nobody takes the Church Seriously Anymore

Jun 1, 2011

I was just sitting here, minding my own business, cup of coffee in hand, browsing through various news stories that posted headlines on Facebook, and an otherwise insignificant blurb made me angry. The article was about an advertising company in Australia reversing its decision to pull an HIV Prevention ad from local buses. They’d run it, gotten some...

LGBT Pride Month — A Call to the Church

LGBT Pride Month — A Call to the Church

Jun 2, 2010

President Obama once again proclaimed June 2010 as LGBT Pride Month. Most of us should be used to this by now — Gay Pride has been celebrated for the past 40 years, though it has become much more mainstream recently than in those early days. What I found interesting in the president’s proclamation was his call to action, not just a simple labeling...

Party at Levi’s House

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. (Mark 2:15) Your church’s effectiveness and how close it aligns with God’s heart and priorities can be measured by the number of sinners you’re attracting. Jesus drew...

Come and See

It’s a bright, cold Sunday morning, and as usual, I’m sitting with my coffee trying to focus my attention on God. The bills stacked on my desk scream out to be paid, the dogs are wanting their snacks, I’ve got books piled up that I’m leafing through to satisfy short bursts of curiosity, and then there’s the clock. I’m gonna...