Am I doing my job?

I try not to oversimplify complicated situations.  It’s typically a disingenuous and lazy thing to do. So, to clarify, this post is a bit of an oversimplification of my perspective on church ministry.  But it happens to work for me this time.  Forgive my inconsistency.   Understand that tweet , and you understand part of what makes this pastor (me) tick.  You could easily push back on the simplicity of his tweet–pleasing an entire congregation can…..

Beneath, behind & beyond

Most people who have ever heard me preach can tell that I love to preach.  Most people don’t know, however, that I love to teach even more. Yes, the two are related, but preaching is limited in its function. There’s an interaction when you teach that you cannot have when you preach, at least the way our preaching has developed.  When most people listen to me preach, that’s what they do, listen.  Some people barely…..

We’re missing one word

A shooting happened at a softball field yesterday.  This morning, between weather reports and nail polish reviews, there is a renewed call for unity.  Renewed?  Yes, because we’ve been down this road before.  Tragedy brings us together.  Even if superficially. But I get tired of superficiality.  I know many of you do as well. With all the news reports I’ve seen over the years about what we need to do to create unity and bring…..

SOCK!

We found out this weekend that Adam West passed away.  Of course, he is Batman.  The Batman. The fun, calm and original Batman. My favorite part of the original Batman series was the fight scene.  I’m not sure if it was every week, but watching Batman take care of the goofy villains was fun to watch.  And I can’t explain why, but my favorite part of a fight scenes was the Bat-fight words. And my…..

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…..