Is Your Church Ready to Handle the Speed of Change?

When we were small children, the future was simply tomorrow. While it seemed distant, it was only a good night’s sleep away. Later, the future turned into dreams: What will you be when you grow up? The future felt like it was eons away but beckoned us with...

Why’s Your Church Program Breaking Down? Science!

Any homeowner can tell you concrete cracks. Metal rusts. Wood warps. Caulk fails. Paint peals and sunlight fades everything. Sometimes, we can get by with touching up our home’s age spots. But, if we own the house long enough, we eventually face a remodeling...

Taking the Long View: Lessons from 17-Year Locusts

I returned to my home state of West Virginia recently to conduct a funeral for a distant relative. Following the service at the funeral home, we drove to the cemetery in a procession. After arriving, I walked to the back of the hearse where I joined the funeral...

Greed: The Sin You Think Doesn’t Affect You

Few people think they are prone to greed. That was the result of an anecdotal I conducted recently as I was preparing a sermon on this topic. Folks admitted to anger, envy and gluttony, but no one confessed a problem with greed. A few attributed greed to others, but...