Is Your Church A Narcissist?

Is Your Church A Narcissist?

Can an organizational system, like a family, a workplace, and yes, a church, be narcissistic? I began thinking about this while researching how to deal with the narcissistic individuals in my life. I was surprised to learn there is a field of study called “collective narcissism.” Collective narcissism, also known as group narcissism, isn’t simply…

Lakelands in the News

Lakelands in the News

HANFORD, Calif. (FOX26) — The sign outside St. James Lutheran Church still advertises the final celebration service here as February 27th at 10 a.m. Before she was a pastor, the Reverend Julie Kelly worked as a chaplain helping transition those who have suffered a loss of death in their family. Now she’s helping those members of…

Ministry in Torrence, CA, In and Out of Pandemic

My guest is Rev. Allison Mark, senior pastor of Faith United Methodist Church in Torrence, CA. Allison details her experiences in leadership, her struggles, and candidly shares her thoughts about the future of the denomination. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/8nndqe/Allison_Mark6ccpb.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

A Schism and Nobody Came: what may come of the UMC split

A Schism and Nobody Came: what may come of the UMC split

In his recent Religion News Service article, Jacob Lupfer writes about the divisions in the United Methodist Church, “In any ecclesial conflict there are non-combatants who don’t really understand what all the fighting is about. But in this case particularly, the muddling Methodist middle that has historically tempered the impulses of extremists is indifferent to…

Separation of Church and Social Media

This week Curtis Ramsey-Lucas published a provocative article in The Christian Citizen asking important questions about Facebook’s outreach to faith leaders. He begins: This summer, Elizabeth Dias, who covers faith and politics for the New York Times, wrote an article titled “Facebook’s Next Target: The Religious Experience.” Published July 25, it chronicled Facebook’s efforts to partner with…

A Ransom for Many?

A Ransom for Many?

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is quoted as saying, “…For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Interestingly, the Gospel of Luke tells the same story but omits this “ransom” business, indicating that from the very earliest days, what’s known…

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