Month: September 2015

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms: Opening Talk for The Gathering 2015

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms: Opening Talk for The Gathering 2015

There are times when people ask what the theme of the conference is, and without exception I tell them there never is a theme. We have no idea what the conference will be when we start thinking about next year. Sometimes a theme emerges that is totally unplanned and we are all surprised. This may be the first time in many years I have seen something ahead of time but only a short while ago did I r ...[Read More]

A Movement or a Mob

A Movement or a Mob

Nicky Gumbel, the Rector of Holy Trinity Brompton Anglican church in London said, “Movements grow from the intersection of a personal story and circumstances.” It’s true. Movements do not begin without an extraordinary individual, but they are not just a series of rallies around that charismatic individual. That person must come at just the right time and under the right set of particular ci ...[Read More]

The Impeded Stream

The Impeded Stream

Like some of you, I grew up singing the old hymn, “The Haven of Rest,” taken from the account of the Apostle Paul’s sea journey as a prisoner of Rome. I can still hear the congregation singing this line: “I’ve anchored my soul in the ‘Haven of Rest,’ I’ll sail the wide seas no more; The tempest may sweep over wild, stormy, deep, In Jesus I’m safe evermore.” Until recently, I had not thought ...[Read More]

Setting Your Hair On Fire

Setting Your Hair On Fire

Normally, when I read pieces on the woes of church denominations I toss them into the “ain’t it awful” stack. After all, have we seen any articles lately on denominations growing or re-inventing themselves? I don’t recall seeing any of them used as illustrations in “Good To Great” or “Where Good Ideas Come From.” Just the opposite. Growing numbers of observers believe denominations are ...[Read More]