The Amazing and Unexpected Power of Prayer

Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D., is a UCC  minister, author, and licensed psychologist. Rev. McKay co-created The Spiritual Health Center, NFP and conducted a research study on Spiritual Life in the United Church of Christ. Based on the findings of this study, “Spiritual Life Teams” were born and the study has been extended into the Episcopal Church, the Catholic Church and the…

God Bless the Child That’s Got Her Own: Dysfunction and Economic Unfairness in America and in the Church

In a lengthy essay that was excerpted from his latest book, lawyer and journalist Steven Brill wrote of a widespread perception that America no longer works socially, politically, and economically, and that our country has become narcissistic and sclerotic. This is largely the fault of the Baby Boomer generation, Brill argued (“How Baby Boomers Broke…

Behind the Words

Behind many of the words that we use are numbers and data to give credibility to our thoughts and ideas. With data, we can chart and plot and see trends that otherwise we only know through intuition or anecdote. And as any student of statistics learns, numbers and data can be used in a variety…

Incivility in the Public Square and in the American Church

A virulent debate came to a head over this past Fourth of July (2018) weekend, in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States, over the lack of—and the utter need for—“civility” in the public square. As CNN producer Harmeet Kaur noted, with the “growth [of] outrage” over our country’s “immigration policies and [its] separation and detention…

Something is Profoundly Wrong at the Heart of the White Church

“Charmaine Pruitt wrote the names of 12 churches on strips [of paper], and dropped them into a bag. It was Sunday morning and time to pick which church to attend.” That’s how journalist Campbell Robertson began his investigative account of how Christians of color are abandoning white Evangelicalism (“A Quiet Exodus: Why Blacks Are Leaving…

Has the Church Squeezed Young People Out?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: church is a luxury that many can’t afford. Disagree? Consider Squeezed as your summer read. I read books to find out new ideas, get fresh perspectives, and catch a glimpse into different people’s lives. It’s rare for a book to also really resonate with my own state of mind and…

Loaves and Fishes, the Church and the Hungry

Some of my favorite stories from the bible are the ones where Jesus takes some loaves of bread and a few fish and feeds the thousands of hungry people who have come to hear him teach and experience his healing touch. There is something so simple, so satisfying about feeding those who are hungry. I…