I hate gnats. I particularly hate the gnats called the no-see-ums or sandflies. They are present certain months of the year on the beach. Though almost invisible to the naked eye, they can pack a powerful sting.
It is Lent. Lent is a season remembering the 40 days of fasting when Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil in the wilderness. Lent refers to a period of deep meditation upon Jesus’ suffering for 40 days until right before Easter Sunday.
I know a pastor who lost his wife a year and a half ago due to medical malpractices. He serves with me on the missional board of directors. Being a man of such few words and considering that I had not known him very long, I was not sure what to say to console him. However in the midst of that, I was thankful that he shared his pains and began his arduous recovery process.
The email stung me. The writer spoke of my negativity about local churches, about how much of my writings are about problems in local congregations.
To love is to have interest. The opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference. Indifference creates a sense of alienation. On the other hand, love is a warm interest. Love connects the marginalized ones to one another.
Newly minted Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, upon visiting South Korea, said in a press interview, “…the policies of strategic patience have ended.” It was a stern warning that the U.S. will no longer tolerate North Korea’s threatening acts, and that they will pay them back in full. Previously, during the days of the ‘Sunshine Policy’, there was a time when patience never ceased.
Cultural Christianity is dying. One no longer has to be a Christian or in a church to be accepted by society. That relatively easy pool of prospective attendees for our churches is disappearing.
Churches are flawed. Every single church is broken in various ways and differing degrees. Yours. Mine. Yes, even the “better” ones.
The wife walked into my office alone. She informed me that her husband would be arriving separately. When he finally came, they talked to me, but not to one another.
On March 10, eight justices from the Supreme Court of Korea unanimously voted for the unprecedented impeachment of President Geun-Hye Park. Among the five grounds for impeachment introduced by the National Assembly, the violation of sovereign power and the constitution was enough to determine her impeachment.
There are a lot of us Baby Boomer pastors and Christian leaders around. And it’s cliché, but we aren’t getting any younger. It’s a quiet question that many are asking, but they are asking it nonetheless: What age should I retire?
They say that the rain from this rainy season completely relieved Southern California's long standing drought. It has been 12 years since I came to this region, and I have never seen it rain so hard.
Before I knew it, I have become quite old. Last week many people celebrated my aging. It is a joy for me to get older. There was a time when I was a little sad about getting older.
Over the past three decades, I have learned much about preacher eater churches. Most of the time, they can be described with six main traits.
It’s a beautiful thing to be able to learn. The heart that desires to learn is a beautiful heart. It is said that the word ‘beauty’ is originally derived from the word, ‘know’.