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Sunday Funday the Whole Week Long

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One of the somewhat current popular tags that can be seen on many facebook posts is Sunday Funday. Don’t look the phrase up on urban dictionary, or it may become a less tasteful tag! However, the common use of the term seems to indicate that Sunday should be a day to spend with friends or […]

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Vocational Ministry’s Forbidden Question

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Church leaders, have you ever asked yourself the forbidden question in ministry? You know the one—it goes something like this, “Am I really made for this?” If you have, then you likely felt some level of frustration, guilt, shame or condemnation toward yourself right away. You probably chastised yourself with the natural defensive response, of […]

Evaluating Our Ministry’s Fruit

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Like many areas of professional experience, Christian churches have utilized standardized methods to determine effectiveness and decision-making. Pastors are inundated with record-keeping designed to help leadership determine the success or failure of programs and ministries.  Pastors fill out reports that ask specifics such as, attendance records, offering totals, membership enrollment statistics, how many pastoral home […]

What Christian Theology Has to Do with My Reality

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I was born the day before my father started seminary. My dad loves to quip, “My mentors recommended I not start a family and grad school at the same time, so I started my family on Sunday and seminary on Monday!” It must have been a nightmare at the time, but the fiasco eventually evolved […]

Covered Glory

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I couldn’t understand why the more we talked about Jesus, the more outwardly pious my friend Imani became. When I first met her, she rarely bothered to cover her hair with a headscarf. She wore shirts not long enough to conceal her hips, and she didn’t seem to care about her evening prayers. Her mother, […]

God’s Plan for Renewal to the Ends of the Earth

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The word renew means to continue something after it is paused. This is what happens to God’s plan to fill the world with His presence through His children. They again renew, re-engaging their calling to partner with God in the spreading of His presence in the world. To renew is also to bring fresh life […]

Becoming an Ordinary Mystic

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I was ten years old. I was sitting on the floor of my bedroom and paging through a picture book about the lives of the saints. It was December 14. I know the date because I distinctly remember turning to that day’s page to see whose feast day the Catholic Church celebrated. I remember scratching […]
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