“How Long Will We Grovel at the Feet of … Power?”

A lifetime ago, I was steeped in the Contemporary Christian Music world and followed closely the output of Michael W. Smith. Late in my following of him, he put out the Go West, Young Man album and the song How Long Will Be Too Long? One of the first lines in the song is: “TellContinue reading ““How Long Will We Grovel at the Feet of … Power?””

Christmas Gift from Concord

For Christmas this year, we are offering 5 coaching packages as a gift. The package includes the following 5 meetings: Pre-Coaching: Greet/Assessment Process Session 1: Assessment Debrief and Coaching Plan Session 2: Personal Story & Spiritual Life  Session 3: Cultural and Emotional Understanding Session 4: Key Ministry Skills Development Ministry coaching from Concord is not aboutContinue reading “Christmas Gift from Concord”

Are You Tired… Afraid? A Word of Encouragement

Who out there is tired? Tired of virtual school… tired of wearing masks and hand sanitizer… tired of not seeing family and friends… tired of the subtle angst of losing your job or getting COVID? Maybe you have descended into those lows already. Many of you have leadership roles on top of all that… asContinue reading “Are You Tired… Afraid? A Word of Encouragement”

American Evangelicals, We Have a Problem!

“Houston, we have a problem.” One of the most understated comments in American history was made by Jim Lovell as he reported to NASA that his space craft was I trouble. I believe the Evangelical Church in America also has a serious problem that threatens the very witness and mission of the church. It’s notContinue reading “American Evangelicals, We Have a Problem!”

Missing Church at Christmastime

This past Sunday was the first Sunday in Advent, or what we more often refer to as Christmastime. So… right on cue… the church I have been attending online had us sing Christmas carols. Specifically, we sang Hark the Herald Angels Sing. What I am about to admit may seem shocking (even terrible) for aContinue reading “Missing Church at Christmastime”

Why Faith Communities Should Get Involved with the Problem of Addiction

I got the call on day in the summer of 2012: “He took his own life.” I was talking with someone who attended the church I pastored. She was a friend (I will call her Mary). Our children went to school together. She was a kind and compassionate person. That’s what led Mary and herContinue reading “Why Faith Communities Should Get Involved with the Problem of Addiction”