The thought and idea of pulling one's self up by their own boot straps is a fascinating idea. While it sounds good initially, there are many questions that rise. (1) What if someone doesn't have boots or straps? (2) Where do they go to acquire boots or straps? (3) What if when they get there … Continue reading Boots and Straps
In her 2015 TedTalk, “How to fix a broken school? Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard”, Linda Cliatt-Wayman cited one of her catch phrases, “So What, Now What?” She reported that after all of the facts, numbers and statistics regarding the atrocities and difficulties of specific declining schools what are “we” going to do about it? While … Continue reading A Call To Care
The continual sacrifice (1) of praise to God is not simply screaming and yelling to the top of our lungs. It is not only shouting phrases of adoration. Many houses of worship minimize worship to Christ by extensive and overly long services in the name of accessing the presence of God. It is also minimized … Continue reading Continual Praise
Part 2 It was more than where we worshiped. It was about more than simple leaving the place we served and walked out our faith collectively with others. It was about leaving a community that we served faithfully nearly two decades. We served in schools. We served in healthcare. We served in ministry. We served … Continue reading Leaving Church. Leaving Community.
Part 1 We stayed there because we did not know where else we could go. We stayed there because we had many responsibilities. We stayed there regardless of how we were treated. I stayed there because it would have made things uncomfortable for my wife I left. We stayed there because of our sons. We … Continue reading Leaving Church. Leaving Community.
There are many who have made their minds up about attending or not attending their house of worship (Going/Not going) during these times. For the many that are on the fence, be encouraged. It is NOT a lack of faith if you decide not to attend your house of worship right now. Here are few … Continue reading Social Distancing and Church Attendance
Remember to check in with the elderly, veterans, and others who may fight isolating symptoms. Connecting socially fights against many symptoms of mental illness. It helps with reducing mood disorder symptoms, anxiety symptoms, trauma symptoms and much more. Being connected with others reduces rumination, helps get people out of their own head, and connects those … Continue reading Checking In
Humanity in its entirety is in the process of creating a new normal. Many are working tirelessly to move life as we knew back to how things were. We may never get those times, days, and ways back. What we can do is be creative and innovative about how we will connect and sustain compassion … Continue reading The Next Church