church leadership

Just Toss the Bouquet Already

Just Toss the Bouquet Already

With so many things in flux this year, it's a good time to take a step back and reassess your holiday (and other). Join me for a 4-week online retreat, Reinventing Ritual. Register here.   ***** I attended A LOT of weddings in my 20s. These events often served as...

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The Battle of Bureaucracy

The Battle of Bureaucracy

My travels started smoothly in the cold, dark pre-dawn hours. After hugging family members good-bye, I sauntered into the Lincoln, Nebraska airport to catch my flight to Savannah, GA, which would take me to colleagues for the United Church of Christ’s Authorized...

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Following the Light: A Jesus Revolution

Following the Light: A Jesus Revolution

Following the Light is a series of blogs that point to the brights spots where I see renewal and rebirth in the world of religion and spirituality. The series will continue through the Christian season of Epiphany. I distinctly remember reading the Bible for the first...

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Following the Light: Keepin’ it Real

Following the Light: Keepin’ it Real

Following the Light is a series of blogs that point to the brights spots where I see renewal and rebirth in the world of religion and spirituality. The series will continue through the Christian season of Epiphany. I knew I had seen a light — and it wasn’t just coming...

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Following the Light: Strange Stars

Following the Light: Strange Stars

Adapted from a sermon I didn’t get to preach on Matthew 2: 1-12 because of winter weather on Jan. 5, 2014. It will also serve as the beginning on my forthcoming blog series, Following the Light …They were just doing their job.Every day they stared at the stars,...

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A Question of Access

A Question of Access

Sometime in the past year or so, I lost my Bible. Not every copy of the Bible I own. (I am a seminary graduate, after all, and have many copies on my office shelf.) But, I lost the dog-eared, sticky-note laden Harper Collins Study Bible that I most often used to...

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Called Home: The Sunset Side of the Lake

Called Home: The Sunset Side of the Lake

I can’t think of too many weekends more perfect than that Labor Day weekend in 2007. Three good friends and I loaded cars and trekked to the lake house we were borrowing on Lake Michigan just near Saugatuck, Michigan late on Friday night. Clear, blue skies, perfect...

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