The "Nones," The "Dones," and The "Doers"

The "Nones," The "Dones," and The "Doers"

. . . let’s be honest. How are we supposed to feel about people who abandon ship and ignore their responsibilities? We shake our heads in wonder that anyone could be so thoughtless and self-centered. How are we supposed to feel, we who are the keepers of hearth and home, we who serve on Boards and work at the food pantry, who check in on our neighbors and spend countless volunteer hours at church. We’re the doers, not the slackers. What would people do without us, and all the hours we log in just taking care of what needs to be done? Do the slackers think it just happens by magic?

And boy, when we get going, that attitude really has legs. Just get us going on all the slackers in this world.

And notice, I said, “us.” Me too. Me too.

Called to Sow Seeds of Life

Called to Sow Seeds of Life

We’re doing this series on Evangelism, the “E” word we’re calling it, since “Evangelism” is kind of a dirty word in some circles. We think it’s the equivalent of proselytizing, or shoving our religion down someone’s throat; it sounds holier-than-thou somehow, presumptuous at the very least. Like I think I’m better than you are, or I know better than you do. We’re wary about talking about our faith, uncertain what to do, not sure it’s worth the risk. So we don’t. We just don’t. We want to be polite and respectful so we don’t say anything at all. It’s a very easy way out.

But what if Evangelism were just an invitation?

Invitation

Invitation

Presbyterians are notoriously bad at evangelism. We think of it as proselytizing, as being pushy, as shoving religion down someone’s throat.  And if that’s what it means, of course we don’t want it. It’s disrespectful, presumptuous, and arrogant and rude. If that’s evangelism, ick.

But it’s not. It’s good news. It’s offering something that’s good.

So why aren’t we offering it? Why can’t we be Mattress Mack?

What Do You Say to the People Who’ve Left?

What Do You Say to the People Who’ve Left?

If we wander away, Jesus will come to find us. He will make sure we’re safe. He just wants us back. 

It’s a beautiful image of Christ. Really it is. But how does that translate to our world? What does that actually look like? How does Jesus seek out the lost?

It’s a question close to every minister’s heart; a question every church has to wrestle with. What do you do when members of the flock have wandered off? It happens with great frequency. You notice that people who were once very active are coming to church less and less often…  Folks who joined the church with great enthusiasm simply stop coming…  Someone drops out of choir or goes off session and you hardly ever see them anymore. 

How much do you pursue them? When do you reach out? What are you supposed to say? And how much time should you spend trying to track them down when there are 99 more people who need your time and energy? 

Confronting Hate & Division, Following the Spirit

Confronting Hate & Division, Following the Spirit

We are at a critical moment for our country, a teaching moment.
the harsh realities of our history and present have bubbled to the surface
We are having to confront them, and deal with them face to face.
If we choose to ignore this moment, if we choose to withdraw, and idle by without speaking out in love, we are missing our call to follow Christ.  We are missing the Spirit’s work in our life.
We may be brought to uncomfortable spaces, and it may be difficult. But where ever we follow the Spirit, the promise is that we will walk away changed, we will walk away rejoicing.