Three Invitations

Consider this your personal invitation to join me and many others for one of three events I am facilitating over the next four weeks: Sunday, January 11 at Fort Myers Congregational UCC (Fort Myers, FL).  Join us at 10:00 a.m. for worship on the occasion of my first Sunday to preach since assuming the role of Transitional Minister (more about this new role). Tuesday, January 13 at Naples United Church of Christ (Naples, FL).  Join us at 7:00 p.m. for Christian Piatt’s talk based on his Read More …

PostChristian Opportunity

Christian Piatt's new book postChristian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care? topped my list of September reading recommendations.  In January, he will be making a stop in Southwest Florida at two UCC congregations: Tuesday, January 13 @ 7pm -  Naples United Church of Christ, and Wednesday, January 14 @ 10am - United Church of Marco Island. Note: Registration is not required for these free events. All are welcome. About the Book Check out Christian's new book tour trailer Read More …

September Book Recommendations

Here are my book recommendations for the month when many families start a new school year, and most churches begin a new program year: (5) postChristian: What's Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care? by Christian Piatt (2014) (5) Next: Pastoral Succession That Works by Warren Bird and William Vanderbloemen (2014) (4.5) Rough Country: How Texas Became America's Most Powerful Bible-Belt State by Robert Wuhtnow (2014) (4) Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels Read More …

WHCB: Church Buildings

Christian Piatt includes church buildings on his list of five things that are holding Christianity back.  He suggests that "they have become an albatross rather than an asset." Reality Check Most American congregations own buildings.  The costs associated with maintaining these structures is significant. In congregations that are in the midst of extended periods of plateau or experiencing years of declining membership, the percentage of the annual budget needed for their upkeep Read More …

What’s Holding Christianity Back? (WHCB)

Christian Piatt is the author of multiple books, including Banned Questions About Jesus and Banned Questions About the Bible.  Recently, he shared a list of things he feels are holding Christianity back: church buildings, denominations, worship, church boards, and fear. So What? Piatt labels these items as "the five biggest things I’ve seen that tend to keep us from doing our best work as the living, breathing body of Christ in the world today."  While he and I may disagree a Read More …

Christians Should be Saying

Christian Piatt is the author of multiple books, including Banned Questions About Jesus and Banned Questions About the Bible.  Recently, he shared a list of ten things he feels Christians should say more often.  His list includes: How can I help? I don't know. I could be wrong. So What? Our vocabulary is of great importance.  As people who follow the way of Jesus, we should be agents of love who seek to help others and all of creation while admitting the limits of our knowledge, Read More …