September 21, 2020

What a strange strange week!

What a strange, strange week I’ve had. I must say I am feeling a little discombobulated. Let me start with end of the week and work my way backwards. I think you will find a few engaging tidbits, so be sure to read to the end. First, the picture is of a Chokecherry tree. If […]

Covid-19 and the future of Church – Part 3

I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of comments made on my post last week that I think were significant. One was left after much of the discussion had concluded, so you may not have seen it. Robert F. commented: I miss congregational worship somewhat, but the practice of daily compline devotions that […]

CoVid-19 and the future of Church – Part 2

I wasn’t expecting to write a followup to my initial post on CoVid-19 and the future of Church, but that is what has been on my mind today. It has been nearly three months since I last touched on the topic. Over the last couple of weeks, there have been a few new developments in […]

Ron Rolheiser on Churches as Field Hospitals

Ron Rolheiser on Churches as Field Hospitals Most of us are familiar with Pope Francis’ comment that today the church needs to be a field hospital. What’s implied here? First, that right now the church is not a field hospital, or at least not much of one. Too many churches of all denominations see the […]

CoVid-19 and the future of Church

Update: I have added another post from Brian Zahnd that Scott Lencke refers to in the comments. There have been a few interesting posts circulating in the ether over the past week.   First up to the plate was Carey Nieuwhof last Monday with his astonishing post that nearly half of American churches were experiencing […]

“Nothing can make us more blind to the Holy Spirit than the ordinary”

Each week during the winter months and until Easter, I preach to a little country congregation. The congregation is over 180 years old, the building 150. Like many small, rural churches, our pews are populated by members in the second half of life. We have a few children, fewer teens, a couple of college students […]

Another Look: Outsider Lessons

Another Look: Outsider Lessons Back in 2014 I wrote a Wilderness Update post called, “Square Peg Syndrome,” which resonated with many people. I wrote this as a follow-up to that piece. I’ve updated it for today. Benjamin Corey, at his blog, Formerly Fundie, wrote a similar article called, “A Few Things I’ve Learned as a Christian […]

Rachel, we — the uncool — will miss you

Note from CM: It has been hard for me in the past couple of weeks to summon up the emotional energy to pay tribute to several folks who have died recently. Jean Vanier is one thing — I only know him through his books, and it feels more like I’m honoring a hero than a […]

Escaping the Wilderness: Part III – A square peg in a round hole

Suddenly alone, in an old familiar place. As I look around, all I see are the new faces. Scared of reaching out Filled with fear and doubt I was never good at making friends Sometimes it’s like trying to mend The edges of a frayed piece of cloth I don’t think that I fit in. […]

Escaping the Wilderness: Part Two – Looking back

I am about to exit what we call the Post-Evangelical Wilderness. I think. Over the next few Fridays I will be recounting parts of my journey both from the distant past, as well as from the recent past. I will also be discussing where I am heading and why. As a way of further introduction […]