Speak and Live as if Easter is Always Upon You

The Gospel of Matthew tells two stories that juxtapose the responses of those who look upon the death of Jesus and those who will see the resurrected Christ. The Roman guards are terrified twice over: at Christ’s death and at the angel’s announcement of...

Churches Handle Change by Learning to Take Risks

A fountain in Washington Park in Albany, New York, offers insight and perspective for local churches. When I first visited, I noticed the beautiful statuary all around the fountain’s center. From a distance, I wondered if it was Poseidon with his trident...

Why Churches Must Take the Right Kind of Risks

The word “risk” carries differing meanings for congregations. Appropriately, churches need to talk honestly and always about the need for “risk management,” particularly as congregations must have processes that protect minors from abuse and...