What’s new

By the way, sometimes it’s okay to start change small. Doing something completely new can be daunting.  It can be scary.  Well, for most people.  There are those among us that love to blaze the trails; we call them trailblazers–we’re so creative. For most of us, however, trying anything new is feels like feeding Gizmo after midnight. But if you’re not willing to move to the new, you’re bound to get held back.  So, instead…..

Wet bread

Let me introduce you to Capirotada.  May you have a long, lasting relationship together. Usually, people make this dessert during the season of Lent–coming to a church potluck near you, if you’re lucky! You might not know how to pronounce it properly, but just know it’s a type of bread pudding.  And I’ve always liked it.  I was enjoying one night and someone with me said, “I don’t like capirotada.”  While I had heard of people…..

Learn something

If you aren’t learning, what are you doing? The writer of Ecclesiastes might say that learning is vanity, but only after he learned that to be true. Our shortsightedness often limits our understanding of learning.  We act like learning only happens in a classroom.  We assume learning is for certain types of people.  All saints are to be learners. What to learn?  I don’t know.  Learn a Bible passage.  Learn a language.  Learn a social skill……

Go back

Was it The Game of Life? Sorry!? Trouble? Chutes & Ladders? Somebody taught us it was burdensome to go back to the beginning.  But if you’ve lost your way, quite often that’s exactly where you need to go.  It’s not a demotion. It’s not a set back.  If you go back on purpose you could very well be learning to live again. Jesus tells the church at Ephesus to go back to what they used to do at first……

The Pope agrees

“The church is a business.” How many times have I heard that?! Of course, when you’re dealing with hundreds of people, at times the church should embrace business-like modes of action.  But I’ve spent my ministry learning that church cannot be thought of as a business. Business has a bottom line.  You could say that the church has one, too.  For a business, that bottom line is profit.  For the church, one could make the…..