What a strange strange week!

What a strange, strange week I’ve had. I must say I am feeling a little discombobulated. Let me start with end of the week and work my way backwards. I think you will find a few engaging tidbits, so be sure to read to the end. First, the picture is of a Chokecherry tree. IfContinue reading “What a strange strange week!”

Covid-19 and the future of Church – Part 3

I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of comments made on my post last week that I think were significant. One was left after much of the discussion had concluded, so you may not have seen it. Robert F. commented: I miss congregational worship somewhat, but the practice of daily compline devotions thatContinue reading “Covid-19 and the future of Church – Part 3”

CoVid-19 and the future of Church – Part 2

I wasn’t expecting to write a followup to my initial post on CoVid-19 and the future of Church, but that is what has been on my mind today. It has been nearly three months since I last touched on the topic. Over the last couple of weeks, there have been a few new developments inContinue reading “CoVid-19 and the future of Church – Part 2”

Ron Rolheiser on Churches as Field Hospitals

Ron Rolheiser on Churches as Field Hospitals Most of us are familiar with Pope Francis’ comment that today the church needs to be a field hospital. What’s implied here? First, that right now the church is not a field hospital, or at least not much of one. Too many churches of all denominations see theContinue reading “Ron Rolheiser on Churches as Field Hospitals”

CoVid-19 and the future of Church

Update: I have added another post from Brian Zahnd that Scott Lencke refers to in the comments. There have been a few interesting posts circulating in the ether over the past week.   First up to the plate was Carey Nieuwhof last Monday with his astonishing post that nearly half of American churches were experiencingContinue reading “CoVid-19 and the future of Church”

“Nothing can make us more blind to the Holy Spirit than the ordinary”

Each week during the winter months and until Easter, I preach to a little country congregation. The congregation is over 180 years old, the building 150. Like many small, rural churches, our pews are populated by members in the second half of life. We have a few children, fewer teens, a couple of college studentsContinue reading ““Nothing can make us more blind to the Holy Spirit than the ordinary””

Another Look: Outsider Lessons

Another Look: Outsider Lessons Back in 2014 I wrote a Wilderness Update post called, “Square Peg Syndrome,” which resonated with many people. I wrote this as a follow-up to that piece. I’ve updated it for today. Benjamin Corey, at his blog, Formerly Fundie, wrote a similar article called, “A Few Things I’ve Learned as a ChristianContinue reading “Another Look: Outsider Lessons”

Rachel, we — the uncool — will miss you

Note from CM: It has been hard for me in the past couple of weeks to summon up the emotional energy to pay tribute to several folks who have died recently. Jean Vanier is one thing — I only know him through his books, and it feels more like I’m honoring a hero than aContinue reading “Rachel, we — the uncool — will miss you”

Brueggemann: On taking a route other than our zeal or certitude

Note from CM: Friends, I thought this a good follow-up to yesterday’s discussion about my “both/and” perspective on things. • • • Not many of us need advice about what to do with our life. Not many of us want such advice either. We may not agree on what to do, but most of usContinue reading “Brueggemann: On taking a route other than our zeal or certitude”

Hauerwas on Individualism

Here’s an intriguing passage from an article I’ve posted on the bulletin board about theologian Stanley Hauerwas. “No task is more important than for the Church to take the Bible out of the hands of individual Christians in North America.” Perhaps the only surer way to enrage an American Christian than threatening to take theContinue reading “Hauerwas on Individualism”