7+ Years In, Preaching Anew

More than 7 years into ordained ministry, and 19 years since I first entered seminary, I have renewed my practice of preaching – both delivering and preparing the sermon. I had always preached with a manuscript Most of these manuscripts were not paragraph’d pages looking as if they belonged in a book, but a more free-form movement ofContinue reading “7+ Years In, Preaching Anew”

Decline of What?

The church is in decline. Sure, I guess. But, what do you mean by that? Membership is down in many congregations. Average weekly attendance is down, too. They are down as compared to 1965. They are down as compared to 1985. They are down, in many places, as compared even to 2005. There has beenContinue reading “Decline of What?”

Sharing Profile Photos on your Church’s Facebook Page

If you’re like me, your involvement in your church or organization is a big part of your life. And, if you’re active on Facebook, you’re likely to share much of that part of your life online. However, it can be a bit of a challenge to share pictures from your personal profile on your organization’sContinue reading “Sharing Profile Photos on your Church’s Facebook Page”

Talking about Politics and Sexuality at Church

This November, Minnesota voters will have the chance to accept or reject a proposed state constitutional amendment that would write a definition of marriage into the state constitution. Understanding the┬ásensitivities┬áthat arise when talking in the church about either politics or sexuality – let alone both! – I shared the following letter in my congregation’s AugustContinue reading “Talking about Politics and Sexuality at Church”