These are troubled times, but our faith and our traditions have prepared us for this work. This is the time to believe – and live into – our message.
I hope churches and other faith communities will find ways to celebrate the call to care for one another, even in – perhaps especially in – times of planetary peril.
If you buy into the popular myth – and faulty metric – that a church should devote no more than 50 percent of its budget to personnel costs, you may risk starving your congregation of its energy or life force.
From Kirby D. Smith in Midlothian, Virginia
The rise of work as a religion has occurred during the decline of Christianity as a religion.
The point is not what we fear, but what a life ruled by fear can do to us.
Assuming the posture of exile is difficult and lonely. But could it be that the church’s loss of standing in American society is an opportunity to trust in God rather than in our privileged position?
Most of our churches have left heaven-or-hell theology far behind, but we’re afraid to offer a viable alternative. It’s time for moderate and progressive mainline preachers to talk about the biblical vision of universal redemption.
“God has got this,” the attendant in the airport travelers’ lounge said. Indeed.