Reflection


Inaugural address

What Might Happen If Jesus Gave the Inaugural Address

Today, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. I wonder what he’ll say in his inaugural address. (I’ll know soon enough!) I also wonder what might happen if Jesus were elected President and gave the inaugural address. If what happened in Luke 4:14-30 is any indication, Jesus’ inaugural address might not go so well. Jesus […]


Silicon Valley Has A Solution to Discover Your Church’s Future

Many churches I know are anxious about their future. Faced with troubling trends of declining attendance, dwindling budgets, and decaying buildings, congregational leaders face increasing pressure to come up with solutions to these problems. I should know, because when I was a pastor, I spent many waking hours wrestling with this issue. It didn’t help that I wasn’t a particularly […]


A Prayer for this Election Day 2

My prayer for this election day…   “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred for the candidates, let me sow love; Where there is injury from words and accusations, pardon; Where there is doubt about a fair election, faith; Where there is despair for our country, hope; Where there is darkness in our fears, light; […]


First Small Step Toward Racial Unity

This Friday is the first anniversary of the shooting in Charleston, SC. On June 17, 2015, nine black members of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, including pastor, Rev. Clementa Carlos Pinckney, were gunned down by a visitor during a Wednesday night Bible study. Like many, I was horrified. My thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the families. The following […]