The January issue of Christian Century includes two articles I wrote. The cover story is my #MeToo #ChurchToo story about abuse at the hands of my senior pastor. Of course I want you to read that one! But don't miss the other article, which is a list: 18 ways that churches can fight sexual … [Read more...] about How Will Your Church Fight Sexual Assault in 2018?
I'm happy -- and rather nervous -- to say that my article is on the cover of the Christian Century (January 2018). It's a deeply personal story that I have not told before: A Pastor's #MeToo Story I also wrote an accompanying list: 18 Ways Churches Can Fight Sexual Assault in 2018. As … [Read more...] about “A Pastor’s #MeToo Story” at Christian Century
When I was in seminary I was taught: Small churches are tough. You can't beat them to death with a stick! I believed that truism, and repeated it to others. Now I have fresh experience that allows me to see the backside of that truism, which is also true: Small churches are fragile. So far in … [Read more...] about The Body of Christ: Tough & Fragile
Next Sunday, this church door will close. After 130 years of ministry, Faith Chapel Presbyterian Church (Lucketts, VA) is closing. I've been filling the pulpit for a brief time and will preach the final service on December 20. I anticipate a modestly sized gathering that focuses on celebrating … [Read more...] about 130 Years of Ministry
The Christian Century posted my Open Letter to the PCUSA. It's called Reading the Fifth Gospel and is in response to the Presbyterian overtures about Israel and Palestine. I hope you'll click over there and read it. Let me know your response! … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to the PCUSA
Douglas Dicks has served the Presbyterian Church (USA) as a liaison to the Middle East for 18 years, and is now concluding his service. I found these words from his final report to be stirring, for they have inspired him: “It is not your task to complete the job of perfecting the world, but … [Read more...] about The PCUSA Reports from Jordan, Israel, Palestine