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Down Home: Playing trains inside an expansive imagination

Down Home: Playing trains inside an expansive imagination

Every now and then, I imagine I’d be a better granddad if I had a broader range of skills. Like, for example, engineering.

2nd Opinion: We should worry when millennials don’t take religion seriously

2nd Opinion: We should worry when millennials dismiss religion

I’m a secular baby boomer myself, but I worry secularism has led many of my generation, and even more millennials, to discount religion’s influence in ways that could prove dangerous.

Right or Wrong: Leadership and ‘followship’

Right or Wrong: Leadership and ‘followship’

How can we tell if our church suffers from poor leadership or poor “followship?”

2nd Opinion: Guarded, but joyful, anticipation for Glorieta

2nd Opinion: Guarded, but joyful, anticipation for Glorieta

Visiting the new Glorieta, many of our great memories of the place were sustained, energized by a fresh surge of youthful excitement from the staff. In the end, we were reassured about Glorieta’s spiritual mission.

nd Opinion: Premature predictions of evangelical concessions on LGBT

2nd Opinion: Premature predictions of evangelical concessions on LGBT

To hear some commentators talk, debates on LGBT issues are over and conservatives have lost. But such predictions are premature.

Down Home: Thank God for the infernal Internet

Down Home: Thank God for the infernal Internet

Technology and I have a love/hate relationship. Lately, in a dramatic shift in fortunes, the love side seems to be winning.

Right or Wrong? Downsizing

Right or Wrong? Downsizing

Some restaurants are downsizing their menus. Can the church learn something from them?

Guest editorial: Jesus the carpenter—creator & restorer

Guest editorial: Jesus the carpenter—creator & restorer

This year, Easter finds me pondering the matter of Jesus being a carpenter.

2nd Opinion: Seven ways Lyle Schaller transformed the North American church

2nd Opinion: Seven ways Lyle Schaller transformed the church

George Bullard, president of the Columbia Partnership, remembers the life and work of Lyle E. Schaller, acclaimed church consultant, who died March 18 at age 91.

I am so glad the power in our worship service does not depend on a fuse box

2nd Opinion: Unfazed by outage, continuing in power

When the power went off one Sunday, I was proud of the congregation, in a proper, holy way.

Guest editorial: Private school vouchers—the forbidden fruit

Guest editorial: Private school vouchers—the forbidden fruit

In the beginning, temptation appeared as a fruit. Today, it appears as a voucher.

Right or Wrong? Complaining

Right or Wrong? Complaining

Our church members complain about everything and everyone. Their gripes eclipse the core values of the gospel—peace, joy, love and hope. How can we get back on track?

Down Home: Grandkids, snowmen and a busy weekend

Down Home: Grandkids, snowmen and a busy weekend

We made history early this month. For the first time, both our grandchildren and both their mothers spent a long weekend under our roof.

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Guest editorial: ISIS versus the West—A clash of civilizations?

Is the Islamic State—ISIS or ISIL—different from other Islamist terror groups? If so, is the difference one of substance or simply degree? Or is there any real difference at all?

2nd Opinion: Small-town churches should stop playing favorites

2nd Opinion: Small-town churches should stop playing favorites

One of the stereotypes of small-town communities is they are closed off to outsiders. Of course, the truth about some stereotypes is there is a kernel of truth in them.

 
 
 
 
 
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