Does Heaven Have a Network Outage?

Does Heaven Have a Network Outage?

We had one more thing to talk about when she left. “No problem,” I thought. “I’ll call her on her way to work.” On any other day, that’d be an easy fix. But that morning, it was impossible. ATT’s sudden and unexplained network outage shut down all incoming and...
When God Comes Calling, Part 2

When God Comes Calling, Part 2

It was a quest. When I left high school, I headed for Illinois Wesleyan University for a single purpose: to become a Marine Biologist. Doesn’t everyone go to a small, United Methodist-related college in the middle of the continent to study marine life? Things were...
When God Comes Calling

When God Comes Calling

If someone had told me in Jr. High that I would grow up to be a pastor, I would have gone into a corner and cried. The most clueless, out of touch people I knew were pastors. In fact, most of the Methodist pastors I’d run across were old, bald and boring. I figured...
What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

“I’m afraid my church is going to die.” It was the tearful confession of a leader who loved her church but didn’t know how to stop its 30-year decline.     For many pastors and church leaders, this story is all too familiar. A place once bustling with...
Time Management for Mummies

Time Management for Mummies

Under it. That’s the way I’ve felt most days. Understaffed, under-rested, and under a deadline. Of course, I’m not alone. Douglas Adams of Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe fame said, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” My...
The Secret to Deep Change

The Secret to Deep Change

It saved his life. Without an organ transplant, a dear friend was destined to die young. By God’s grace, a donor was found, and the transplant was a success! However, the new organ presented its own challenges. His immune system identified it as a foreign substance...