Clergy Confessional (29) Why the Church is Stuck

While I am occasionally prone to exaggeration, I am not prone to lying. I often say that most of our mainline churches are either stuck in 1850 or 1950 – and I think this is one of the main reasons they close. The church should be timely and timeless, but not trapped in time. It…

Clergy Confessional (28) – False Prophets

In the Old Testament there are two kinds of prophets – the ones called by God, and the ones who were Yes Men for the Kings. The prophets called by God almost always challenged the political leaders of the nation, while the Yes Men told the Kings what they wanted to hear. The prophets called…

Clergy Confessional (25) Some of My Best Friends are…

I heard that a lot growing up – Some of my best friends are… – usually having to do with African Americans. Along with “He’s one of the good ones” or “I have no problem with them as long as they leave me alone.” Words matter, and statements like these shine a light on who…