Changing the Church to Change the World

Sports-oriented parents with school-aged sons and daughters frequently find themselves involved in tournaments on weekends. Many of those tournaments occur in distant cities. Planners for these events now schedule games and matches throughout Saturday and Sunday. Sunday sports commitments directly impact worship attendance among a demographic that congregations say that desperately want and need. Young…

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One Step in the Wilderness

Listen to Audio The Pacific Crest Trail is considered an extreme challenge for even the most seasoned, well-conditioned hiker. Unlike its east coast sister the Appalachian Trail, you can walk the PCT for days without seeing a soul. Starting at the US-Mexico border, the trail stretches north all the way to Canada. The lowest point…

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Seeing the Big Picture

Listen to Audio Denali is the highest mountain in North America. Like me, you probably grew up calling it Mount McKinley. The indigenous people named it Denali long before we claimed Alaska as the 49th state in 1959. The first attempt to scale Denali was in 1903. Renowned climbers vied to be the first to…

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The Divine Epidemic

Listen to Audio For a variety of reasons, some parents refuse to vaccinate their children against contagious diseases. Among these parents, some have no particular problem with vaccinations as such. They withhold vaccines from a particular child whose immune system rebels against such medications or whose respiratory system crashes in response to inoculations. Another group…

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Dogs and Exorcists

Listen to Audio Our family dog Plato was with us for eleven years. He came to us as a puppy and died an old man just before I was ordained a bishop.  Like most Golden Retrievers, Plato never met a stranger. He liked everybody who crossed his path and assumed that if you had a…

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