Why Our Christmas Greeting Cards Say “Happy Holidays”

Why Our Christmas Greeting Cards Say “Happy Holidays”

December 14, 2017—Christmas greeting cards are not about Jesus. At least for me.

HH and I send Christmas cards every year as my own parents did for over 30 years.  It’s an intentional practice to connect – at least one…

When Ordaining Women Is Still An Issue

This will be my last post for several days.  I am traveling to Italy for a conference on the Ecumenical Perspectives on the Role of Women in the Church.

There are still some Christian traditions that don’t ordain women.

It’s…

Were You Scared for Your Life?

“Absolutely, I was,” replied Rev. Traci Blackmon when asked if she was more scared in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend than when she was as a little kid watching a KKK march.

I was home alone during Christmas break my first…

scared in St. Paul's

If You Ask the Wrong Question You Will Always Get the Wrong Answer

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and 222nd General Assembly Co-moderator with T. Denise Anderson.

We hear the same burning questions as Church Leaders over and over again:

How can we bring young people back into the church?

How can…

Kids driving a boat

1000 Under 25

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and 222nd General Assembly Co-moderator with T. Denise Anderson

You’ve seen the lists:

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list was published yesterday highlighting “today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S.” Many of them have…

1000 under 25 are becoming the hands and feet of Jesus

Jesus Didn’t Die to Perpetuate an Institution: The Mother of All Culture Shifts

May 26, 2016—Repeat after me: It’s not—and never again will be—about getting new members.

On the heels of Mothers’ Day, I’ve been thinking about a couple of important and unimportant things:

An historic Mother Church is counting down to a terrible anniversary…

Stuff Church Offers (That the World Needs Right Now)

January 7, 2016—I was listening to Daniel Goleman on TED Radio last weekend talking about the 21st Century generation’s unique developmental journeys. He said that we are witnessing the first generation of human beings who are learning empathy, conversation…

A Model for Loving our Political Enemy

August 20, 2015—Picture a Bernie Sanders Democrat happily vacationing with a Donald Trump Republican. Can you see it?

There were four kids in my family of origin and we have turned out pretty well, if you ask me. But we…

Closing Our Own Churches

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and 222nd General Assembly Co-moderator with T. Denise Anderson.

June 11, 2015—Yesterday someone said to me: We don’t trust you because we think you want to close our church. It wasn’t the first time I’ve heard that…

Lack of Curiosity Might Be a Sin

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and 222nd General Assembly Co-moderator with T. Denise Anderson.

I can’t think of examples of Jesus being curious (because he already knew what was going on cosmically or in other people’s minds? I don’t know.) But…

What I’m Learning Outside the Church Bubble: Day Three

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and Co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

April 9, 2015—This is the third of a three-part series by popular blogger and Columbia Theological Seminary graduate Jan Edmiston. (See the first…

What I’m Learning Outside the Church Bubble: Day Two

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and Co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

April 2, 2016—This is the second of a three-part series by popular blogger and Columbia Theological Seminary graduate Jan Edmiston. (See the first…

What I’m Learning Outside the Church Bubble: Day One

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and Co-moderator of 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

March 26, 2015—This is the first of a three-part series by popular blogger and Columbia Theological Seminary graduate Jan Edmiston. In this series, Edmiston…

When Churches Want a Pastor Who Can “Bring In Young Families”

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and Co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

March 12, 2015—Almost every church I’ve ever known has wanted to Attract Young Families. The reasoning behind this includes the following:

If we don’t regenerate,…

Churches, Jan Edmiston
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