Category: parish

How to liven up your Annual Parish Meeting

It’s annual meeting season. Back when I was a rector, I liked them to go smoothly, like well-scripted legislative machines. Now that I merely attend the meetings, I prefer to see some fireworks. So,...

The cost of church buildings

ASBO Jesus once again manages to encapsulate an entire conversation into one cartoon. Church buildings aren’t inherently bad, but they certainly aren’t inherently good either. Too easily, they distract us from the real point...

Of broken things in the church

Not long ago, a Facebook friend wrote that the General Ordination Exam is “the most idiotic thing” in the Episcopal Church. I disagree. Last year I wrote a blog post in which I asserted...

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....

Simple hospitality, abundant grace

Last Sunday at Christ Church we enjoyed the Blessing of Animals at our 10:30 service. About 20 minutes before the service started, I was bustling through the narthex on my way outside to greet...

The whole Bible, out loud

This weekend, Christ Church (where I serve) is reading the whole Bible aloud. I’ll write more about that later tonight, but I wanted to post a link to the live web stream. As post...

What is evangelism these days?

I’m tired of people talking about “the E-word”. I wish we Episcopalians would practice more evangelism, and I wish we’d get over our squeamishness. All those tired jokes about “E word” suggest that there’s...

Our story is God’s story

Last Sunday at Christ Church, we celebrated the Feast of Dedication, and in a slightly unusual way. My experience is that very few parishes celebrate this feast day, so I thought I’d share a...

Getting the story right

I subscribe to Leading Ideas, a fantastic weekly email newsletter. Nearly every week brings a useful and thought-provoking idea. This week focuses on “Getting Your Congregation’s Story Right“. A snippet: Today many clergy are...