Abuse Prevention in the Local Church

Posted on August 11, 2016

Ten or Fifteen years ago, I used to hear people in church say, “Why do we need to have a sexual abuse prevention program? That kind of thing wouldn’t happen here.” No one says that anymore. Jesus said that we should never allow a little one to stumble. We need to take our responsibility seriously…

Herding Cats

Posted on December 15, 2015

Comedians often use humor as social commentary. A joke can slip through our defenses, expose our hidden hypocrisy, question our cherished beliefs, scrutinize our preconceived notions, and all this while making us laugh at ourselves. Such jokes are nearer parables than we often realize. They are humorous precisely because we recognize some grain of truth…

Does Christian Ministry Make a Difference?

Posted on October 7, 2015

None of us want to spend a life in ordained or lay ministry, serving to build up the Church and serve the world, only later to realize that it makes no difference. We don’t want to build sand castles, only to watch the tide wash them away. Sand Castles at High Tide? Even if we…