Jenga for Jesus

Jenga for Jesus

What really holds up churches and keeps them together? Do we dare to find out? Many have long affirmed and loudly proclaimed their supportive structure as: “The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, our Lord.” Yet, our modern expressions of congregational life...
Wanting a Faith that Makes a Difference

Wanting a Faith that Makes a Difference

“I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to practice a Christian faith that says this is all there is to belief.” I said this in a conversation with a Christian leader, but I don’t think he heard me. It has been said for years but much of the North American church was...
Juneteenth: Observing a Modern-Day Jubilee

Juneteenth: Observing a Modern-Day Jubilee

I was blessed to attend the White House signing ceremony on June 17 for the legislation making Juneteenth a national holiday. This was truly a blessing because my ancestors were enslaved to Michael Brabamour Menard, the founder of Galveston, Texas. They were religious...
COVID-19’s Rude Awakening Boosted Community

COVID-19’s Rude Awakening Boosted Community

We are enduring a rude awakening to realities our everyday life in Australia allows us to ignore. We are discovering things that much of the “majority world” knew all along and lives with all the time. We are realizing that our so-called “normal” is in fact an...
Even Death Valley Erupts with ‘Super Bloom’

Even Death Valley Erupts with ‘Super Bloom’

Valleys can be places of dryness and barrenness. For example, Death Valley, which straddles portions of Nevada and California, is famed for being one of the driest, harshest and most unforgiving places in the United States. It has earned its reputation of being a...