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Resisting the Co-opting of MLK’s Legacy and Remembering Him as a Theologian
Martin Luther King Jr. is arguably the most celebrated non-elected citizen in the history of the United States of America
This is evidenced by the fact that Dr. King is the only American to have a federal holiday named in their honor without having served a day in public office.
Yet, despite this high honor and the... + Read More
Your Congregation Is Not Your Family
January 7, 2019—
The fact is that, despite the warm metaphor we commonly use, a congregation is not a family. A congregation is a localized, institutionalized expression of a larger social system: the organized religious system.1 The relationship clergy have with their congregations often leads to seductive enmeshment—even... + Read More
Effective Leaders Focus on Process
December 31, 2018—
Effective congregational leaders know the difference between content and process—and they focus on process rather than content. Content has to do with what people say, while process has to do with how people function. Beliefs, doctrines, mission statements, organizational plans, and program agendas are... + Read More
The Writer's Block Antidote...It's Not What You Think
When I first started writing fiction, I had a great idea for a story, and it felt like the whole story was alive in my imagination.
Each time I tried to write the story down on paper, though, the excitement faded, and I struggled to get the words to come.
One problem was the choice of perspective—was I writing from first... + Read More