Don’t Miss the Signs

Don’t Miss the Signs

It was Emily Dickinson who wrote, “Tell the truth but tell it slant,” which I tend to think was Jesus’ general approach, what with the parables and such. And normally I agree with Emily and Jesus, but lately I’ve begun to wonder if the moments in which we’re living...
The Cultural Context Too Obvious to Ignore

The Cultural Context Too Obvious to Ignore

The often angst-filled conversation among church leaders, consultants and others who give attention to congregational and denominational life has a common theme: How do we get people engaged or reengaged after the pandemic? These explorations take seriously the...
The Power of Storytelling

The Power of Storytelling

I’ve always been of the opinion that storytelling is the most powerful tool in a preacher’s toolkit. This is largely because I learned how to preach from one of the best storytellers I’ve ever met, Jim Somerville, who can spin a yarn like no other person I know. But...