Loving our enemies means arguing with each other about what matters most.
Here are some projections and assumptions I face in my current context—and responses that reflect what the church I serve is called to be.
It's up to pastors to remind each other to talk to people instead of about them.
Local ways are rarely senseless or stupid. It's just that a new pastor likely doesn't yet understand them as the locals do.
The church can be a space for difficult conversations about choices at the end of life—along with being a place for communal care.
I believe that my leadership has been most effective when I know who's giving what to the church.
Some churches have well-developed processes of assessment, support, and goal setting. Others have no review mechanism whatsoever.
If you look around at most denominational meetings, you will see that Baby Boom retirements will have a massive impact on our denominations. Boomers make the majority of those in the pews, in the pulpits, and in power. The first wave of Boomers is in the midst of retiring, so what can we expect? How will this affect us? I can’t say for sure, but let me look into my crystal ball and tell you what I see.