Is our church failing?

Have we failed? Is the church as we know it done? It’s all over the headlines. Membership is down. Fewer and fewer people identify with a church. The rise of the “nones.” Let me begin with a disclaimer. The ...

Failing faithfully

For the past 20 months, I have worked for a failing company. I came to Columbus right out of college, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I was full of energy and excitement at the prospect of a new adventure: I woul...

Rural churches can thrive beyond numbers

The young pastor said he felt like a failure. He wasn’t the first rural pastor I’ve heard say this. The center that I direct, located at a small United Methodist college, is focused on working with rural con...

Try, fail, adapt

In his book, Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure, Tim Harford brings the disciplines of psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, physics and economics to make a profoundly simple argument: life...

Farming, failure and faith

Food system failures in 2018 and subsequent recalls in North America included massive quantities of romaine lettuce from the Yuma Arizona growing region; 200 million white eggs distributed by Rose Acres Farms f...

Failure: A pathway to hope and fulfillment

The word, “failure,” is defined in numerous ways and has many synonyms: “lack of success, non-fulfillment, coming to nothing, falling through;” and yet the word conveys a sense of optimism and challenge as well...

Sheep & Goats

At the end of history, humanity will co-exist in the reign of God. This statement emerged from a downtrodden people. These people were mistreated and knew that God had to intervene and set things right. This wa...