It’s stunning how quickly life can change. We got a taste of this here in New York City during 9-11. Now it’s the coronavirus. Calamities like this are unforeseen. They’re never anticipated. We’re never prepared. So it always fuels high anxiety. As someone commented, “Right...

What does it mean to age in a church culture that’s obsessed with and idolizes youthfulness?   As most of you know, I recently reached my Big 7-0hhhhhhhh milestone birthday. Someone wrote, “life and time are ghosted creatures for us all. They belong to us and are...

There’s nothing like New York City during the Christmas season. There’s a certain magic to it. But it’s also one of the most congested places on earth. Even if you’ve done crowds in other cities, you have to channel your inner farm animal and be...

We’re in the Advent season and soon we’ll be celebrating the event that changed the world forever – the birth of Christ. In my last post we got into the Christmas spirit by imagining what it would be like to have an advent of our own…...

Advent isn’t a word we normally use. It means the awaited arrival of something momentous. Traditionally, the Church calls the period leading up to Christmas, the Season of Advent. So, what if this Christmas you can experience an advent of your own? A momentous arrival...

There was a time when James Brown could sing, “This is a man’s world…”, and be right. But today things are different. It’s now a lot less clear just how to be a man in this new world. Things like the toxic masculinity debate, movements...

At the risk of being too simple, I’d say successful church planting boils down to being the right person in the right place following God’s Spirit at the right time. Yet surprisingly the essential dimension of the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit is...

I came across a story about a mother whose child was having trouble falling asleep in the dark. Trying to be a comfort she said, “Oh honey, there’s nothing to fear in the dark and besides, the angels are near you.” To which the child...

If you’re a leader stress comes with the territory. I remember a time I was so used to pressure that I treated it as if it was my normal state of being not realizing just how much it was messing with my ability to lead....