Rainbow Sprinkles

To those who don't fit it...good!

You may not have known I was a dancer in the 80s. Just a boy, his dance belt and a dream, walking the mean streets of NYC. I’ll bet the people who just voted yesterday to hire me as their next pastor had no idea of my past. But that’s Ok… …because it’s just a […]

A Dusty Old Book

It’s weird, that moment when you suddenly realize how others perceive you. It’s as if a window opens and you no longer see yourself subjectively – you can now see yourself through the eyes of others. When spiritual issues come up in conversation, I can tell how alien I seem. It’s like I’m talking about […]

Blinding Them With Science

A worship service, led by the Right Reverend Bill Nye

I’m afraid I may have just triggered someone. First, let me explain. I watched over the weekend as the March for Science took place in Washington D.C. (Earth Day – April 22, 2017). The organizers had made it clear they didn’t want their event to become a partisan political forum: We unite as a diverse, […]

Keepsake

Hold on loosely to the things of this life...

I watched them tear down my dreams today… Well, it wasn’t really as devastating as it sounds. It was actually just the set for a musical I was performing in. We had auditions about 4 months ago. I hoped and hoped I’d get this particularly fun part. It was everything I’d dreamed of since my […]

LESS > MORE

With church, sometimes bigger isn't always better

I was on larger church staffs for more than 20 years. One of my favorite jokes shared among staff members was this one: “I love the ministry, it’s just the people I can’t stand.”  Although it was supposed to be ironic, it was probably truer of me once than I’d ever want to admit. When […]

The Perfect Church

Just because it looks like a church and sounds like a church...

I was browsing through local church websites the other day, looking at their statements of faith. That’s basically a list of what they believe. Most had predictable statements about believing in one God, Jesus is His Son, and the Bible is God’s Word, etc. You know, traditional Christian theology. But I did stumble upon one […]

Games little boys play

How to be a hip pastor...LIKE ME!

“Authenticity is what matters,” everyone says. “Just be yourself”.   Unless you’re a jerk, I guess. Then please try to be someone else. They say that’s what people really look for in a pastor these days, as well. But instead, there seems to be a lot of image consulting going on. Gone are the suits and […]

How I Know He Lives

Growing up in a southern Baptist church, every Easter there were two hymns you had to sing…or you probably weren’t really Baptist. One was “Low in the Grave He Lay”. Most people don’t remember it by that title, but by the bouncy chorus that interrupts the sad, mournful verse. After lamenting the crucified Jesus, suddenly all […]

Enemy Mine

When I lived in Chicago over a decade ago, a friend invited me to what he claimed was the best theatre troupe in the area. The next Friday night, we stood in line at a very hole-in-the-wall kind of place, surrounded mainly by young hipsters and people dressed much cooler than us. My friend had […]