Category: mission

When something is missing

The Lens at the New York Times has a fascinating collection of images entitled, “Iconic Scenes, Revisited and Reimagined.” Here are famous photos, but without the thing that made them famous. Recognize this one?...

The church is not its structures

ASBO Jesus is singing my song. While the church needs to be structured in order to carry out its mission, we often make the mistake of elevating the structures above their actual importance. What...

Death by grief

Keith Anderson has put his finger on a phenomenon within our church which I have been unable to name until now. Anderson says that our church is dying. We’re not being killed by culture....

Change is the point

It always amazes me — but never surprises me — when people object to the need for change within the church. Most often you encounter comments along the lines of, “We are already making...

A dashboard for your congregation?

No, I’m not talking about dashboard Jesus. In fact, we’re talking about virtual dashboards. It seems that the Methodists have been experimenting with the idea of “dashboards” to provide up-to-date indicators on congregational health....

How big is God’s Word?

ASBO Jesus offers two views of how large we let God’s Word loom in our lives. I think they are both true. In the Episcopal Church, I think we tend to do the former...

Unintended consequences

Sometimes things don’t work out the way we want them to work out. OK, that happens a lot. On this topic, I was interested to read Gizmodo’s “The 10 Greatest (Accidental) Inventions of All...