How to have loving diversity in a church family

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.  Sometimes church families are like any other family, and that means we can butt heads.  We don’t always see eye to eye.  With the exception of ethnic diversity, my congregational is quite a diverse.  Young and old.  Male and Female.  Rich and poor.  Conservative and Progressive.  IntrovertContinue reading “How to have loving diversity in a church family”

Why I am not a fan of eulogies (but why they are surprising important for church families)

I am not a fan of eulogies.  I’ve told you before that one of the aspects of being a pastor that I was definitely not prepared for was death.  It affects me.  Some pastors tell me they love funerals, and can’t stand weddings.  I’m the exact opposite. I love weddings.  Funerals, though?  No.  I’m justContinue reading “Why I am not a fan of eulogies (but why they are surprising important for church families)”

Was Fred Flintstone right that a woman’s place is in the home?

How many of you remember the 1960s era cartoon, The Flintstones?  If you haven’t seen it, the cartoon is set in an imaginary cavemen society, except their society has all the amenities of modern society with cars, television, and neighborhoods.  The main characters, Fred and Wilma Flintstone, are husband and wife. In Season 2, EpisodeContinue reading “Was Fred Flintstone right that a woman’s place is in the home?”

Naming a new church is difficult (and the Bible might make it worse!)

Have you noticed the trend in the last 15-20 years to give churches unique names? For years Christian churches tended to be named by one of four methods.  The first two methods are quite practical. First, it could be simply the location, usually connected to a denomination’s name.  A church is named for its townContinue reading “Naming a new church is difficult (and the Bible might make it worse!)”

That time the Bible teaches us to take off our dirty clothes and drink raw milk?

How much milk do you drink?  And what kind?  Skim?  Whole?  1 or 2 percent? Milk is good stuff.  And what I have found over the years is that people have lots of opinions about milk.  My family is a skim milk family.  I have heard some people call skim milk, “chalk water.”  Some ofContinue reading “That time the Bible teaches us to take off our dirty clothes and drink raw milk?”

6 ways a church family can love one another

How would you say your church does at loving one another deeply from the heart?  Today and tomorrow I’m going to talk about Faith Church, where I serve, and how we are doing loving one another.  We’re not a perfect church, and we will look at some ways we need to improve, but I amContinue reading “6 ways a church family can love one another”

The one thing you need (to make it as a stranger in the world)

In a world of partiality and discrimination and bias, where is the one place that still considers everyone impartially? The church?  Nope.  Martin Luther King Jr. said years ago that Sunday morning is one of the most racially segregated places in America, and it is still true today. I read an article this week thatContinue reading “The one thing you need (to make it as a stranger in the world)”