No Lone Rangers: Part 3

No Lone Rangers: Part 3

As a parent of toddlers, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the ways we teach people what we expect of them. How do people learn to share, take turns, have a conversation? How do we learn what our role is in a family, in a community?  There are so many parts...
No Lone Rangers: Part 2

No Lone Rangers: Part 2

This is the second post in a series. Read the first post here. In Silicon Valley, there is this persistent mythic character: the Founder. Someone like Steve Jobs who is seen as brilliant, innovative, visionary, independent. These lone savant, millionaire,...
No Lone Rangers: Part 1

No Lone Rangers: Part 1

I remember a meeting where where clergy I worked with were bemoaning the reality that as soon as our confirmation class was over, half of our confirmands were never seen again. They said, “We need to do something to increase our retention.”  They looked at...
Consider the Lillies

Consider the Lillies

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” Matthew 25: 28-29 Predictable and unbelievable as ever, the seasons have turned over again and...
Holy Week, Unplanned

Holy Week, Unplanned

If I had to guess, we’ll have a few less readers than usual this week, because all of our friends and coconspirators who are leading churches are pretty busy. Its Holy Week – the week leading up to Easter, and probably the most sacred week of the year in...
Being Wrong

Being Wrong

Church leaders are great at nuance. Anyone who went to seminary, or has spent significant time in the church, has learned how to sit in gray areas, to accept the messy, complex, beautiful truth of God’s work in the world, to point to the Holy Spirit at all times....