Narcissism and church leadership

Power in the Church is so corrosive, and those effects are being played out constantly in front of the world in our American protestant churches. This interview with Skye Jethani and Scot McKnight is sobering. The interview starts around the 40 minute mark.

As I work my way through the end of Galatians 5 and the beginning of chapter 6, I am reminded of the ways we love power grabs in the church… and how we need to cultivate a new way in the power of the Spirit.

Take the time to listen to that dialogue on the Holy Post Podcast.

“Build another building”

Reading in Eugene Peterson’s biography (and remembering this story from his memoir), there was the time in beginning Christ Our King church that they finally built their building. It was a glorious time. Then, people began to disappear.

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Church as commodity

This morning a thought in prayer was this: The church must always be subversive. It needs to always be in the servant role.

Then I continued my meandering through A Burning in My Bones, the biography of Eugene Peterson.

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Dealing with Q Anon and Those Involved

This series has been challenging. It’s about history and current events. It’s about heresy and finding ways to love others. It is not easy stuff to deal with, but it is necessary stuff.

This particular episode begins with the background of where Christianity fell first into nationalism and the inherent dangers ever since that time. We need these lessons. This podcast is worth your time.

Cross Over Q

I need more “pain in the mind”

In an age of sound bites and Twitter feeds, many Christian leaders are so busy trying to keep up with current events that few of us take time to stop, to study, and to struggle for the sake of teaching God’s people. All too often, we take a side and stick to it without the discipline of listening or questioning our instincts. The thin veneer of our discipleship is showing cracks as a result. (MORE HERE)

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I will not cease to call for repentance

A year ago there was hope. The shock of Ahmaud Arbery’s mugging, then Breonna Taylor, and then George Floyd provided a time when there was hope that white evangelical America was actually listening. I loaned out books. I bought books for others. I invited folks into conversation.

Then… well, we got tired. White fatigue set back in.

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The trauma we place on Black America

Esau McCaulley gets to the core again as he unpacks the trial of Derek Chauvin, convicted yesterday in the murder of George Floyd.

The United States demands too much wisdom from Black parents. We must walk that fine line between telling the truth about how cruel America can be toward Black bodies and souls and the hope that our children can be their free Black selves. America requires too much of its clerics, who must minister, console, lead and organize a people weary of Black death.

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