June 17, 2020

A book I was reading today made the helpful distinction between a theology of place and a theology of journey. Those who approach faith from the perspective of place are powerfully shaped by geography, whether that is a particular tract of land, a sanctuary, or an...

June 10, 2020

As a coach, I specialize in navigating change. (This is somewhat ironic, as I am not more immune to resisting change than anyone else!) Congregations such as FBC that are between settled pastors were already dealing with transition. Then: Covid-19. Then: a call for...

June 3, 2020

In his 2019 book The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek differentiates between finite and infinite endeavors. In finite tasks the people involved, rules, and ultimate, specific goal are clear. For example, a football game is played between two teams, officiated according to...

May 27, 2020

In the children’s book The Invisible String by Patrice Karst, a mother reassures her kids that even when they are physically apart, they are connected by a thread they cannot see: “You know we’re always together, no matter what.” This is not a...

May 20, 2020

Resilience, as I define it, is the ability to withstand (and possibly even thrive) in the midst of all kinds of stress. All of us are under stress in our new reality, so what do we need in order to increase our resilience? A key factor is our sense of purpose. What...

May 13, 2020

We’re about two months into living with the effects of Covid-19. I am weary. I know you are too. And yet, there have been gifts in this time. I have spent less money. I have reclaimed some creativity. I have spent more time outside than I have in years, which...

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