Can You Rest Without Guilt?

I used to feel guilty any time I took a break. I mean anytime. Sometimes I felt like I was wasting time that could have been spent on something more “worthwhile.” Other times I suffered from the “why wasn’t this money taken and given to the poor,” syndrome…though my vacations weren’t necessarily spendy. Getting away for a bit to replenish or spend time with the family was apparently fine for everyone else. Rationally, I knew it was OK for me, too. I just didn’t feel like it was OK.

Some of you know what I’m talking about.

When Should Our Church Start Another Service?

How do we know when our church should start another service? There are a few schools of thought on this question. One says, “when the first service doesn’t have any more room.” Here the rationale is: energy wins above all. The bigger the gathering, the more energy is present—and that is a good thing. Another […]

Becoming a Beggar – A Christmas Reflection

A few weeks back, I had an amazing conversation with a trusted friend and mentor. While he would never admit it, he’s older (ssshhhhh…). He is currently battling cancer, which has certainly not diminished his insight or willingness to let younger turkeys like myself ask him questions about everything from church to good books to […]