Persecution or Clanging Cymbal?


"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." -Matthew 5:11 Persecution can be a twisted badge of pride. Rather than being a comfort to one facing systemic, targeted hostility, … [Read more]

Safe Space May Be Hurting Us

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This morning I read a fascinating article in the New York Times criticizing the idea of "safe space." These days we hear a lot of talk about wanting to create space where people feel safe to be themselves. Even in the church, this idea of creating a … [Read more]

The Church Isn’t the Destination


When I was in middle school my family drove from Michigan to Wyoming on a two-week camping trip. Somewhere along the way we began noticing signs for Wall Drug. I vividly remember a sign alerting us to this mystical place: "Wall Drug 500 miles." It … [Read more]

Learning Hope


Twice a year for two years I have been making this trip to Guelph, Canada to work with sixteen churches and their pastors to facilitate congregational transformation. On the surface this looks like any other church leadership retreat. We talk about … [Read more]

Rejoicing in Lament – Book Review

Jesus told the story of two men who built houses. One man built his house on the rock, the other built his house on the sand. When the rains came one house stood and one house fell. The obvious moral of the story was to be like the wise man and build … [Read more]