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2nd Opinion: A long line of sinners

2nd Opinion: A long line of sinners

In the Central African Republic, a political/religious faction known as Anti-balaka has been accused of gruesome mutilations and killings. Many consider themselves Christians.

Down Home: Life would be simpler if my dog could talk

Down Home: Life would be simpler if my dog could talk

Maybe I should take our dog, Topanga, to an English-as-a-Second-Language class.

Guest Editorial: Create margin for God to work in your life

Guest Editorial: Create margin for God to work in your life

As we walk through the season of Lent, how will you develop a spiritual practice of creating margin?

Right or Wrong? Intercessory prayer

Right or Wrong? Intercessory prayer

The same people always dominate our prayer requests, and they mention lurid details that are not appropriate. How can I redirect this important aspect of our faith community?

Guest editorial: Why people are not leaving your church

Guest editorial: Why people are not leaving your church

I decided to ask people in my network to tell me the reasons they believe people do not leave their church. I heard from four-dozen people. They provided interesting insights.

2nd Opinion: Why it’s gotten so hard to work together

2nd Opinion: Why it’s gotten so hard to work together

The pool of churches that can and will work together is getting smaller. It looks like the pools eventually will shrink to puddles and then dry up completely.

Down Home: The passing of old friends

Down Home: The passing of old friends

I lost two old friends this winter. Not long ago, I took them to church on Sunday morning. And then I never saw them again.

Right or Wrong? Younger leaders

Right or Wrong? Younger leaders

Our pastor says he wants to find and educate “spiritual leaders” in our church, and he’s focusing on members who are middle aged and older. Shouldn’t we consider younger members?

2nd Opinion: Executions are down; abolition may not be far behind

2nd Opinion: Executions are down; abolition may not be far behind

More Christians are troubled that 85 percent of executions take place in the Bible Belt. A 2014 poll showed millennial Christians are overwhelmingly against the death penalty, and only 5 percent of Americans think Jesus would favor it.

2nd Opinion: What pastors value in lay leaders

2nd Opinion: What pastors value in lay leaders

Here’s one pastor who is full of gratitude for the many lay leaders who make the church run. Thank you for the gifts and graces you bring to Christ’s church.

Down Home: Listen to the pope, dads; play with your kids

Down Home: Listen to the pope, dads; play with your kids

Maybe a single, childless fellow like Pope Francis can teach us something about the dangers of being over-busy, distracted fathers.

Right or Wrong? Morning prayer

Right or Wrong? Morning prayer

A workshop speaker suggested Christians practice “morning prayer that seeks to connect our day with the will of God.” What constitutes “morning prayer,” and how can it connect us to “the will of God”?

Down Home: The merits of grandparenting vs. parenting

Down Home: The merits of grandparenting vs. parenting

True confession: I’m jealous of my children. My daughters are raising children. I envy them.

Right or Wrong? Burning-platform syndrome

Right or Wrong? Burning platform syndrome

I’ve heard the term “Burning Platform Syndrome” used in business. What are the implications for this concept in churches?

2nd Opinion: Mars and beyond—expanding our theology of God’s universe

2nd Opinion: Mars and beyond—expanding our theology of God’s universe

We now have definitive evidence for organic molecules, both in the atmosphere and in the rocks of Mars. How should Christians respond to the possibility of life on other planets?

 
 
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