Friday, October 14, 2016

GREAT THINGS LEFT TO DO


This past summer, Time Magazine ran a story about a 68-year old Nepalese man who decided to go back to high school for his degree.  This man, Durga Kami, walks over six miles each day round trip to be a tenth grader.  Life busied Durga up with many things over the decades, but a dream persisted: to pursue education, and to get his high school degree.  And why?  Because Burga's deeper dream is to be able to become a teacher before he's finished in this life. (  http://time.com/4370257/nepal-grandfather-back-to-school/  )

Monday, August 29, 2016

CORRECTING A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT WEIRD CHURCH


It has been a great year of conversations about ministry, in part related to the buzz around the new book Weird Church.  Even in rather slow-to-change places like Mississippi (where I worked this month), people report unprecedented numbers of their neighbors moving into the None and Done clubs.  Where once almost everyone was at least tangentially related to some faith group, today, more than half of Mississippians are unchurched in parts of the state.  They are talking about Fresh Expressions.  In Mississippi. Friends, it is certainly not 1996 anymore.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

YOU CANNOT FAKE HOSPITALITY



Last weekend, instead of going to church, we went running - or walking as the case would be - joining a friend for a beautiful summer morning with his running club - followed by brunch.   Here is what happened. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

TEN SOUND BYTES FOR REFLECTING ON UMC GENERAL CONFERENCE



Please plagiarize freely when talking to grass roots people about the state of the UMC as a denomination.

Monday, May 23, 2016

REFLECTIONS FROM THE BOOK TOUR





Thirteen book parties into our year-long tour, we are meeting a range of great people from San Diego to Bronx, from Portland, Oregon to downtown Washington DC to London, England.

Friday, April 8, 2016

RENDEZVOUS IN A RAIN FOREST


After the second Weird Church book party in February, my whole week went weird when a guy crashed the party and stole my computer. This forced a significant change of agenda for that week, as I got a new computer, and tried to reload everything and redo my income tax.   I cancelled a five-day event and, after all the computer-related business, was left with two days of Sabbath, stuck more than three thousand miles from home. I decided to spend my 48-hour Sabbath in a temperate rain forest on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

THE DIFFERENCE DNA MAKES

 
This is the first time that I have given this space to a testimonial by one of the people I coach. The following paragraphs point to the power of good DNA in the life of a congregation. This is from Matt Meisenhelter, a church planter south of DC. I am proud of Matt and celebrate what God is doing at his church. - Paul Nixon