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]

When It’s Time to Blame God


Yesterday I woke to find messages on my phone from a dear friend whose daughter was in a horrible car accident. And then last night I heard that 21 Christians were beheaded by ISIS for being a “people of the cross.” Yesterday was a clear reminder … [Read more]

No, You Can’t Do Everything


I haven't posted on the blog here as much as I would like to. I find posts are harder and harder to write. There was once a time, in 2013, when you couldn't stop the ideas and the writing. They just kept coming. I could hardly write fast enough. I … [Read more]