ADHD and Church

Those of us who have ADHD often hear some version of “In my day we didn’t have ADHD. We had parents who weren’t afraid to discipline, and kids who were sent outside to play until the lights came on.” Yes, because ADHD isn’t an actual disorder and can be dealt with by letting your kids play […]

Americans Becoming Less Religious

Recently, a friend posted a link to a Pew Research Center report titled “U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious” and asked “How do we reach people where they are at, without driving them away?” Not long before that, I heard a commercial for a church in Chapel Hill NC advertising an event to pack 20,000 meals for Stop […]

Let’s Get Ashy!

Today is Ash Wednesday, and that can only mean one thing: Lent is here! Ah, yes, that most wonderful time in the liturgical calendar all about prayer, penance and preparation for Easter. And, what better way to kick things off than by  getting your ash on? Yes, friends, today is the day when hipsters and yuppies, […]

“Contemporary” Isn’t A Cuss Word

I am so sick of people laying part of the blame for the church’s decline at the feet of “the contemporary worship experience”. I’m talking about people like Steve McSwain, who said in his article Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore that “It’s been the trend in the last couple of decades for traditional, mainline […]

Gungor And Genesis

As there is a glut of articles flying around the blogosphere about Robin Williams (some good, some bad and some ugly), I’m going to refrain from including my voice in that cacophony. By this point, anything I could say has already been said and, if I said it anyway, would be a transparent attempt to […]

I Was Wrong

Wednesday, I wrote a post titled “An Open Letter To All The Pastors I Know” that offended some people. Before I say anything else, I want to apologize to anyone I may have insulted. Here’s the thing: that was not the post I intended to write. The original idea was to write about the difficulties people […]

An Open Letter To All The Pastors I Know

My dear, good friends. I want to start this letter by saying how much I love each and every one of you and I want to commend you for the work you do; you teach us, inspire us, lead us and, on occasion, correct us. You play a hand in making Sunday mornings a time […]

Community At The Goose

Well, another Wild Goose festival is in the books and, as much as I enjoyed it, I’m glad to be home. Well, sort of; today is shaping up to be a classic Monday. Last week, the kitchen electrical circuit in my house went out. Now, in most homes, this isn’t a big deal. But, I […]

It’s That Time Of Year…, Again

By “that time of year”, I mean The Wild Goose Festival is almost here. And, the closer it gets, the more I feel like Wile E. Coyote when he saw an a train bearing down on him. It’s not that I don’t like Wild Goose, it’s an amazing time. But, my preparation ritual for any trip […]

Pentecost, The Holy Spirit And Me

Yesterday, many churches celebrated Pentecost. If you’re not a mainliner, it’s quite possible you don’t know what I’m talking about since many evangelical churches don’t like to mention it, much less celebrate it. Strangely, you heathens who don’t go to church, or worse, don’t believe in all this religious mumbo-jumbo, may know more about it than […]