Churches Must Move Beyond Sunday-Morning Huddle

One of the final plays in Super Bowl XLIX will be discussed for a long time – the decision in the Seattle Seahawk’s huddle to pass rather than run the football on the 1-yard line. That decision resulted in a game-ending interception and loss and offered an...

Keeping Christian Social Action Work from Disintegrating

There has been huge growth in social action projects established by churches in the United Kingdom in the last 15 years. The rise of food banks has probably been the most high-profile example, but there has also been a massive increase in church-run night shelters and...

Self-Absorbed Churches Observe Half the Gospel

One of the polarities every minister must navigate is between ministry within the congregation and ministry in the surrounding community. Is the minister called to serve the members of the local church exclusively, or is there a larger call to a “parish”...

Blaming Our Schools Doesn’t Solve Problems

I am a product of small-town public schools. As the battles rage over what is wrong with our schools and what makes for a good teacher, I think much can be learned from studying my hometown. Woodruff, S.C., is a small, cotton mill town in the Piedmont region. In my...