The Problem With Youth Ministry

I’ve read a couple of articles about youth in the church, lately. One cited a survey by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches that claimed that young people are driven away from church because youth groups are shallow and entertainment driven. The other was from Tony Jones, who is frustrated at “how quickly people abdicate […]

A Few Thought About Dying…, And Living

As is the family custom, I went to my mother’s for New Year’s. There was a little work to do around the place, but the real reason I went was for the black-eyed peas and collard greens; another family custom. Actually, it’s an old southern tradition that’s supposed to bring good luck and money throughout […]

Shine a Light

Several years ago, I read “Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church” by Kenda Creasy Dean.  Ms. Dean, Associate Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, tells us about the National Study of Youth and Religion and how it’s findings relate to the church.  It’s a very good book and […]

I Don’t Sing

Today was one of those days when writing didn’t come easy for me. As I was beginning to despair of ever finding a subject, I read a blog post on A Few Grown Men by David Murrow, titled Why Men Have Stopped Singing in Church that brought into focus something that’s been eating at me for quite […]

A Different Gospel

Several times in the past, I’ve talked about how the Gospel is counter-intuitive  for middle-class, American Christians. Truthfully, there’s not much in there that sounds good for us. You know, like that whole “Last shall be first, first shall be last” thing? And, the Magnificat is a straight-up indictment of people who live well while others starve. Now, by […]

The Need for Church

Recently, Huffington Post published an article by Tara Woodard-Lehman titled Do You Really Need Church? Now, when I think of things I need, I tend to think of the lower levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy. Like, I need food, air and water; I need shelter; I need the medications and healthcare that keep my body from destroying itself. For me, church comes […]

Community

At Wild Goose this year, one of the things I made a point of doing is something I always do when I get the chance and that’s hang out with my pal, Hugh Hollowell. Now, if you’re around Hugh more than 5 minutes, the conversation will inevitably turn to his work and the people there. […]

Home Again

The past two weeks have been…, let’s say interesting. Two Mondays ago, I began a project (building a teardrop camper) that turned out to be much bigger than I thought. I had planned to use my new creation at Wild Goose this year, but that was not to be. Despite working furiously, I just couldn’t […]

All Week Long

I want to warn you, the posting schedule here may be a little off this week. That’s because I’m taking on a pretty big project: building a teardrop camper. First popular in the 1930’s and 40’s, teardrops are small campers that resemble, well, a teardrop. For example:               You can, […]

Praying to God

I’ll be honest with you, I have a problem with prayer. So much so that I rarely pray in the conventional sense. I don’t set aside time to pray every day; at best, I only pray when I absolutely have to.During public prayers, no matter how hard I try to contain it, my mind wanders all over […]