Penitence

In my deep sadness over the killings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas I sought wisdom and hope from an old friend, a 35-year old systematic theology book. It is an old fashioned text and some of its conclusions are dated (frankly, hard to hear with modern ears)....

General Assembly Review, Greensboro 2016

CBF’s General Assembly in Greensboro last week affirmed for me the power and hope of a fellowship engaging the mission of God in the world. When we gather as the Fellowship each year we renew relationships, share stories, dream dreams, and discern the will of God for...

That’s a Personal Question

I came home from General Assembly in Greensboro, NC this year with a strong sense of how personal and close to the faithful hearts of Fellowship-folk our work is. Since the Orlando Pulse murders, some in CBF’s grassroots have issued impassioned calls for greater LGBTQ...

The Genius of Congregational Church Government

Very many “yes” and one “no,” is how votes usually went in one church I served. My dear friend (let’s call him DF for short) would very often vote “no” because he had remaining questions about the issue, the budget, or the implementation of our plans. DF questioned...

Misogyny, Missions, and a Trip to the Orthodontist

Sometimes my kids talk to me in the car. This happened today on the way to the orthodontist’s office. “That’s the disease some boys said was in South Carolina now!” fourteen year-old Emma exclaimed, following a radio news story about a man in Texas hospitalized with...

Worship Responds to Bad News

I have struggled to watch the news these past few weeks. My heart breaks for Palestinians and Israelis locked in violent conflict, West Africans besieged by the Ebola virus, immigrant and refugee children and families in North America and the Middle East frightened...

CBF CARES for Migrant / Refugee Children

I want you join me in doing a very good thing. Click this CBF CARES link (then login or click “quick give”) and give as much money as you can, because this money will go directly to bringing humanitarian aid to immigrant and refugee children and families...