Over the last year, I’ve read 2 books that have helped me better understand the “why” and “how” of online presence and digital ministry. For churches, parachurch ministries, and ministry professionals, the question is not “do we go online” and is instead “how can we make our digital ministry more meaningful?” The Connected Church and From Social Media to Social Ministry are both books that walk the reader through that exact question.
What was most powerful to me through reading Conversations Worth Having was the personal reminder about my relationships with my children.
I remember watching a young man, college age, giving a passionate plea to share Jesus. To share Jesus with college students, with the outsiders, with people different than myself. He was pleading for my church, The United Methodist Church, to be a place of inclusion for all people. I remember I cried hearing his wordsContinue reading “Book Review: Reclaiming Church”
This book was for me. And if you consider yourself a white progressive, it might just be for you too. I believe that white progressives cause the most daily damage to people of color. I define a white progressive as any white person who thinks he or she is not racist, or is less racist,Continue reading “Book Review: White Fragility”
Even though I’m not preaching every Sunday, I still want to improve my preaching skills. As I guest preach, I have the perfect opportunity to hone a message, try new things, and gauge how different approaches with the same scripture are received. A couple of years ago, I attended a preaching workshop with colleague TalbotContinue reading “Book Review: Simplify the Message”
In short, how do we move from perceiving fundraising as an unpleasant but unavoidable activity to recognizing fundraising as a life-giving, hope-filled expression of ministry? A Spirituality of Fundraising, pg. 55 That is the question A Spirituality of Fundraising attempts to answer. Although not originally written down, the transcript of an impromptu talk on fundraisingContinue reading “Book Review: A Spirituality of Fundraising”
Sometimes I pick up books from random places and don’t even remember picking the books up. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of those books. I’m sure it was the author’s name that caught my eye. An important theologian with quite a story, it seems odd that I haven’t read any of his writings.Continue reading “Book Review: Life Together”
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is a keeper. So often I will read a book and then pass it along to a friend or drop it in a local Little Free Library. Not Caste. This book is one that I will go back to and read sections and think about again. Without offering solutions,Continue reading “Book Review: Caste”
This book walks a journey from a frenzied soul, to moments of pause, to connection with God.
Life balance is not a calendar or time issue. Life balance is a heart issue.