Sticks and Stones – a Brief Reflection on Words

Words have an astonishing ability to carve us up, set us on fire, or leave us numb. Those who don't believe me may adhere to the old lie mom told us, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Actually, sticks and stones and broken bones often hurt much less. […]

“Nevermind the Smell” – 10 Biggest Small Mistakes Churches Make, pt. 3

In the 80's and 90's churches spent a lot of time trying to become more "friendly." I have no doubt one of the reasons such a pursuit fails even today is because even if nearly all of the church is committed to being "friendly," hospitable, or encouraging (words I like far better), people who are […]

Civility, Hypocrisy, Politicians, and Christians

Whatever happened to civility? Perhaps it's never been present in Washington, but it seems to me that for the last 6-8 years it's been virtually extinct. Representative Joe Wilson's outburst, "You Lie!" during Obama's speech was ridiculous, rude, and he should be ashamed of himself. Despite his quick and (I believe) sincere apology, it will […]