Massive Changes

A good friend recently forwarded this article to me about “Massive Changes” occurring in the Church. This is not necessarily new information. Countless articles, books, seminars and conferences offer ways to address these issues. One could quickly become overwhelmed by the myriad challenges. I may be crazy, but I see them more as opportunity than trial. Take a minute to read the article, then let me explain. 1. The Way People Earn is Changing. This could force us into more of a "shared economy." Not pleasant, I know. While some would argue it's a step back, it could serve to combat the isolationist consumer mentality we are all swamped by. I would love to see a Church full of people offering

Nature and Nurture

Michael Phelps was 15 when he swam in his first Olympics; over the course of four summer games he won 22 medals, including 18 gold, which makes him the most decorated Olympian in the history of EVER. He came out of retirement last year announcing plans to compete in Rio this summer; he’s said to be swimming better and faster now, at the age of 30, than he ever has before. Reporters love to talk about how, physically, Phelps seems cosmically suited to his sport. He swims with the power and stealth of a guided missile apparently because he has feet like flippers, disproportionately-short but powerful legs, a 6’7” wingspan that exceeds his height by three inches, and hands as big as trashcan li

The Dusty Ones

“The Spirit doesn’t follow me, I concluded. I follow the Spirit.” This confession comes in the final chapter of Dr. A.J. Swoboda’s book, The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Our Faith. And there is plenty of wandering in this book. Swoboda doesn’t just write about wandering, he wanders as he writes: He reflects on topics including Sabbath, hospitality, gardening, the need for need, the subtle progression of sin, losing faith, entitlement, the relationship between blood sugar levels and marital happiness, the necessity of Church as a tether, why it is sometimes good that we can’t “feel” Jesus, and much more. But don’t confuse wandering with randomness. This is not a pastiche of arbitrary tho

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