The Spiritual Discipline of Shaking Hands

I love my church, but I hate walking through the front door. This has nothing to do with the building, my feelings about church, or the people I see once I’m inside. It’s all about running the gauntlet through the church greeters. I’ve never been a church greeter; I don’t know what they’ve been told […]

Why Some Churches Shouldn’t Expect Volunteers

Given the condition and reputation of business these days, I’m not sure why this is still happening. In recent decades, church leaders have stood before a constant parade of books, articles, seminars, conferences, and other resources designed to help them learn how to do church better by emulating businesses and business leaders. Some of these […]

Guest Post: From Desperate to Dangerous

My friend Connie (you can read more about her at the end of this post) has provided this excerpt from her book, Culture Rebel. Ladies, you need to read this! You are not called to be hot. It is not meant to be your life’s ambition. If it’s not our main purpose, then why does […]

The Blessing of Diagnosis

When I was in high school, I went back to my old junior high to enjoy my younger sister’s performance in a band concert. Afterward, when I was waiting for her in the band room, I noticed a junior high boy, across the room, staring at me with a funny look on his face. While […]

. . . and Coleslaw

I can’t believe I have to take the stupid bus. Lauren tripped over an uneven crack in the sidewalk, further souring her mood. She shoved her hands into her pockets and ran her finger over the nametag she had stashed away for her shift at work. It was bad enough that she had to spend […]

An Anniversary . . . and a Series of Bad Beginnings

On New Year’s Day back in 1994, I stood up with a guy named Trevor and we promised to spend our lives as partners, doing what is good for each other and for the world around us, and loving each other whether we feel like it or not. Because our anniversary is on January 1, […]

The Power of Advent

When I was growing up, at this time of year I was preparing for Christmas by finding, making, or buying what I thought were great gifts for my family. One year, I wrapped up one of our rugs–one I knew my Mom liked–and gave it to her as a gift. I was surprised when she […]

What the Connecticut Shooting Reveals about Mental Illness

My mother has seen multiple psychiatrists, counselors, and other mental-health professionals. She has seen the inside of more than one mental-health hospital, one jail, and one prison. Her history with serious mental illness goes back more than 20 years. But if she were to go to a hospital today, in urgent need of psychiatric intervention, […]

Natural Disasters: Judgment or Grace?

A few weeks ago, we were treated to a minor onslaught of media coverage about a few outspoken Christians who claimed Superstorm Sandy was an act of judgment from God. The specific target of God’s judgment wasn’t quite clear–it differed, depending on who was making the accusation. It’s interesting that no one seemed to blame […]

14 Things I’ll Miss after the Mayan Apocalypse

Since we are only 18 days away from the Mayan Apocalypse–the much-publicized but ill-defined end of the world as we know it, I think it fitting to pause and pre-memorialize 14 things I will really miss afterward. Why 14? I really have no good reason. I am, of course, assuming I will be among the […]

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