What is a Steward in today’s church? 

What is a Steward in today’s church? 

Stewardship. It’s not a simple topic, and yet at the same time it is deceptively simple. First to understand stewardship we need to understand community. The book of Acts, according to its author, demonstrates the true meaning of community in the desirable form of common union. (Acts 2:44-45) This concept is essentially where all who are part of the community gave all they had and pooled their several resources. This model is the ideal and works when all who are in the community participate. Not works best but works at all. No exceptions. Because if a portion abstain, there will be Read more »

What is stewardship?

What is stewardship?

Stewardship. It’s not a simple topic, and yet at the same time it is deceptively simple.  First to understand stewardship we need to understand community. The book of Acts, according to its author, demonstrates the true meaning of community in the desirable form of common union. (Acts 2:44-45) This concept is essentially where all who are part of the community gave all they had and pooled their several resources. This model is the ideal and works when all who are in the community participate. Not works best but works at all. No exceptions. Because if a portion abstain, there will Read more »

Inconvenient, isn’t it?

Inconvenient, isn’t it?

“Your order please?”  “I’ll have the eggs Benedict and I’d like those blacks over there to stop interrupting my brunch.”  “Certainly, sir. Right away, sir”   I have read very little about this new effort at raising public consciousness to the #blacklivesmatter movement. So what I’m say here will come off as uniformed and highly anecdotal. But I also hope you see the honesty and real effort to understand behind my uniformed words. News reports boil down to the statement that a group of black youths are entering public institutions clad head to toe in black clothing. Literally black clothing reminiscent Read more »

How can you still be smiling after THAT?

How can you still be smiling after THAT?

Years ago I was sitting in a church in central Indiana. My roles in the church was many. I was part of the men’s fellowship, young adult choir, nursery ministry, and more. Being a member of a church who’s pastor was a former boxer it is easy to see how his vision of the world would always be colored ever so slightly by that world. It’s not unusual to hear a man who is a former athlete allow certain things to slip into his speech pattern. Saying things like, “be a team player” “hit a home run with that speech” Read more »

If you want to view paradise…

If you want to view paradise…

I’m a fan of a movie classic named Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Especially dear to me is the actor Gene Wilder and the many child actors in it. I’m too long removed from the original book to know how faithful the adapted screenplay is. But I can never forget the exaggerated personalities that were on full display. The young Charlie Bucket and his wide eyed wonderment at everything and everyone he knew and saw. He was portrayed as an excitable but considerate young boy. Not yet jaded to the world and wary of others to a fault. But Read more »

All ye, who enter here

All ye, who enter here

A dreaded sunny day, so I’ll meet you at the cemetery gates. Keats and Yates are on your side. While Wilde is on my side. So we go inside and we gravely read the stones. All those people, all those lives, WHERE ARE THEY NOW? With loves and hates and passions just like mine. They born and then they lived and then they died. Seems so unfair, I want to cry. These words are from a singer I’ve had a bromance over for years. Decades, really. He wrote them in a fit of angst and moroseness. But I’ll forgive him Read more »

Community policing

Community policing

A video was posted recently of community policing in action. And it was absolutely hilarious. I laughed until I cried and then shared it with my family and my online buddies. They too laughed hard and said so. But when it was all over but the shouting I looked back at the video and thought a little more about what the video really showed. Let me illustrate the video. A white police officer on traffic watch (of a dirt road in the country, but whatever) had his dash camera on and witnessed a white male roll by on his riding Read more »