Great Again

Jun 5, 2017 by

This past week I have been in Atlanta, Ga. The Forum for Theological Exploration is hosting its annual Christian Leadership Forum. I wasn’t looking forward to another week of meetings but then last night...

[read more]

Gun shots and privilege

Apr 4, 2017 by

On a recent Saturday as my wife and I rode motorcycles to Albuquerque, N.M., two people were shot in my neighborhood. According to my neighbors, dozens of shots were fired. Thirty-six hours later on Monday,...

[read more]

In need of amazing grace

Mar 13, 2017 by

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, Was blind, but now I see. I am not the biggest fan of Christian music, but this song always manages to stir...

[read more]

Who am I?

Feb 27, 2017 by

There is one question that has haunted me for as long as I can remember: Who am I? Recently I had lunch with a good friend. After lunch we walked around the neighborhood he grew up in. It was mesmerizing to...

[read more]

Defining moments

Jan 13, 2017 by

Abraham Lincoln had a defining moment at Gettysburg when he began his speech, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation…” Martin Luther King, Jr. had one...

[read more]

Revisiting ‘Finding Nemo’

Nov 18, 2016 by

The election is over and progressive Americans are in shock. This wasn’t their expected outcome. Now what? As a white, straight male I want people to know that I am not a racist, hater, Islamophobic or...

[read more]

Civil rights and leadership

Oct 17, 2016 by

My job requires me to spend a lot of time thinking about leadership. I oversee a ministry with programs, staff and board members in five states. Keeping everyone one the same page while providing the space to...

[read more]

Assumptions and book titles

Sep 29, 2016 by

“It is nice to find someone who agrees with me.” This was the second comment my seat-mate made within a minute of sitting next to me on the plane. Her first comment was a question, “What are you...

[read more]

Where will I stand?

Jul 19, 2016 by

It seems to me that a new line was crossed in recent weeks. First, two public encounters with police were caught on video resulting in two dead African-American men. Then in Dallas, five police officers were...

[read more]

Ministry among Chicago shootings

Jun 30, 2016 by

Last week I wrote about one of our staff who has lived with a very real fear of being shot for more than 30 years. This past Sunday one of our Discerners in Chicago lived that reality. Michael (Mikey), our...

[read more]

Thoughts on heaven and hell

Mar 9, 2016 by

This past week I was invited to lead a book discussion on The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. In this book Lewis explores the afterlife and the possibility of heaven and hell. The book is a fable about a bus ride...

[read more]

Public displays of faith

Aug 5, 2015 by

Last Saturday evening I spent some time on Denver’s 16th Street mall. By nature I am a people watcher and in Denver there is no better place to go and observe humanity on a summer evening than downtown’s...

[read more]

Another version of a shooting

Jul 16, 2015 by

Yesterday I woke up to the news of another shooting. According to the reporter, a deranged man had stabbed his mother and then was shot and killed by the police. Since these stories have become commonplace, I...

[read more]

Diversity, where is the line?

Jun 12, 2015 by

I have always been intrigued by John 3:16. As a child, the idea that God loved me, my family, friends and neighbors was good news. Every year during Mission Week I would hear stories and watch slide...

[read more]

The church and measurable goals

Apr 29, 2015 by

One of the ways ministries fund themselves is through writing grants. The process of writing these requests can be helpful and clarifying. A typical grant request includes a statement of need, measurable...

[read more]

Rethinking the mission trip

Feb 25, 2015 by

During the recent 40th anniversary special of Saturday Night Live, they did some looking back. Some of my favorite sketches featured Jake and Elwood, the Blues Brothers. The sketch was so good that...

[read more]

Embracing difference and green chili

Sep 9, 2014 by

It has been almost 20 years since I made a significant career and life change. Back in 1994 I was pastoring in a church where almost everyone looked, thought, and believed like me. In many ways this made being...

[read more]

Looking for grace

Aug 4, 2014 by

On Aug. 1-3, Mountain States Mennonite Conference, the conference I am part of, will be hosting its annual assembly. This year’s assembly will be closely watched by Mennonites from across the U.S. and...

[read more]

The right side of history

Jun 23, 2014 by

The other week I was at a conference. One of the speakers challenged us as church leaders to “be on the right side of history.” He then went on to reference women, race, immigration and sexual orientation....

[read more]

Entitlement and the young adult

Mar 17, 2014 by

I have been working with youth and young adults for well over two decades now. During this time I have also become a parent of two young adult boys (men). I say this because I am not innocent of the issues I...

[read more]