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…

How Can Pastors Resist?

As I write these words, the United States is in the grip of a political crisis caused by an executive order, which many are calling an in-everything-but-name Muslim Ban. I can only imagine what the headlines of today are saying, but I suspect it is something worse. So, what are we as pastors or people…

How Our StillSpeaking God Is Transforming Her StillConsequential Church, But Church People Are StillResisting and StillTalking Past One Another

Churches and denominations are being buffeted by momentous social change—and many good church people are in denial about, or are resisting, what is happening all around them. For example, recent Barna Group research suggests that “many of those outside [of] Christianity, especially younger adults, have little trust in the Christian faith” or in churchgoers. They…

“The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be”

“The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be.” So said legendary baseball catcher Yogi Berra in the 1970’s. Anyone who has ministered in mainline churches in the United States in the last 30 or so years can sympathize. Denominational churches’ futures seem bleak. The United Church of Christ was born in mid-20th Century ecumenical excitement–In 1957, birth…