Friday, 05 September 2014 13:04

Welcoming the stranger

But what happens when we’re the stranger?

Published in Talk With the Preacher
Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:26

Taking stock of mission endeavors

Compelling programming that makes a meaningful impact in the world draws people in. But what about when it doesn’t?

Published in Talk With the Preacher
Monday, 28 July 2014 07:59

We are not alone

There’s significant power in having the courage to name the pain we carry.

Published in Talk With the Preacher
Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:13

Finding grace in Lent

In our overachieving, performance-driven society, we’re tempted to tackle the work of Lent like we would a challenging homework assignment.

Published in Talk With the Preacher
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:24

Faith leaders oppose gay discrimination laws

Amy Butler, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, joined 13 other faith leaders opposing laws to allow businesses to deny services to gay and lesbian customers based on their religious beliefs.

Published in Social Issues
Saturday, 29 September 2012 20:00

OPINION: The end of church as we know it

Has anybody out there noticed that church attendance has been lower lately? The church budget is stretched thin because fewer people are giving? You can’t get a commitment out of people who are so busy they are already making summer plans — for next summer? Welcome to the reality of church decline.
Published in 2012 Archives
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 20:00

OPINION: When church is the real thing

Hands down my favorite question to ask people in casual conversation is: Why do you go to church? I often wonder what compels people -- what compels me -- to offer so much of my life to the work of the institutional church. It is, after all, an institution that occasionally has a few problems.
Published in 2010 Archives
Thursday, 21 January 2010 19:00

SECOND OPINION: Pastors need pastors, too

When I left seminary, I was just dying to get into a pastorate so I could try out all the good ideas that had been germinating through all those hours and hours of sitting in a seminary classroom. I believe I suspected that, if I could just get a chance, I could take everything I’d learned and completely transform the church.

Published in 2010 Archives

If I were being completely honest, I would tell you that the whole idea was a little, tiny bit self-serving. Having recently completed my doctor-of-ministry degree in preaching, I, strangely enough, managed to maintain my passion for the subject even through all the pain of slogging toward graduation. I love preaching; I feel an urgency about how it should and can be done; and, most of all, I love to talk about it with other people who feel the same.

Published in 2009 Archives
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 19:12


Dear Michelle:
Published in 2008 Archives
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