Browsing All Posts published on »November, 2011«

The Gift We Give to God

November 25, 2011


I used to be that little boy who prayed for gifts at Christmas time, But these days I find more joy in seeing things made right. And I’ve wrapped a gift or two but today I cannot say Just how long the presents lasted or the difference they have made. So may the gifts we […]

Toxic Charity

November 22, 2011


A reflection on Robert D. Lupton’s new book Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It), New York, NY: Harper One, 2011. What are YOU doing for the poor?  Before you hand out that free turkey or wrap those free toys for the poor, consider Atlanta community developer […]

A Boy Who Quilts: A Visit to East Longmeadow UMC

November 21, 2011


My son got the message weeks ago that white, crew socks are unacceptable in sixth grade.  Sunday we enjoyed a full hour of uninterrupted conversation about those white socks and the pressures of conformity.  What sparked the openness?  First, we agreed to visit a church near Springfield together–East Longmeadow United Methodist Church–and that church is […]

Pastor Receives One Year in Prison for Starting New Church

November 10, 2011


Last Sunday I visited two completely different worship services in the same town.  The first was All Saints Episcopal Church in Worcester and the second was The Journey Community Church.  You can read reviews of each by clicking on the name.  All Saints has been around Worcester since the mid 1800’s.  You could say All […]

Stay-at-Home Dads are Not Men

November 3, 2011


According to the Pastor of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, able-bodied men who are not working–including stay-at-home dads–are not “men”. This is not some new controversy a pastor is stirring-up to generate interest and book sales.  The story is a year old.   I found the video while surfing the Net in my free time.  I have […]