When leaders make mistakes and their lives fall apart, who is charged with the task of walking with them, learning their story, and speaking on their behalf? Most broken leaders must represent themselves. And since "only a fool represents himself," the end is predictable and excessively tragic. Where are the advocates?
What do people who’ve wrecked their lives really need from the Church? How can the Church really help? Some things are easily identified—financial help, counseling, family support. The single most important thing, however, may not be so obvious, but without it, it's almost impossible for a disgraced person to recover a livable life.
#Metoo versus the Disposable Celebrity? How do we navigate the rights of the accuser to be heard and the rights of the accused to due process? What does Christianity say to victims and perpetrators of evil, about redemption, restoration, reconciliation? How does the Church subvert the Culture of Discarded Leaders?
Jesus promised a share of his own Spirit would come upon the Church. This edition of the Homilies of St. Asinus begins the transition from the work of the Holy Spirit in times past to the Spirit's work in the life of the Church and the Believer by considering Jesus' promises in the Upper Room discourse of John 13-17.
You get to pick your choices...not your consequences. How do you deal with the unexpected consequences that come with a destructive choice? When the cost of the choice is so much higher than you could have every predicted? What do you do when your public image gets shredded?
Why must churches and Christian organizations "get rid of" people? And why does it feel like a betrayal of their mission when they do? What does it mean when the church responds to a threat "like a business?"
When leaders and communities get divorced. A series of short reflections on the tragedy of separation that pastors, missionaries, staff, and their ministries experience when they have to part ways. While it speaks to any kind of separation, the series focuses on those times when the individual must leave because of their own bad choices…whatever those may have been. Admonition, comfort, and, most of all, perspective from one who’s been there.
How do divine thoughts become human speech? In what sense is the Holy Spirit an author of scripture? What about the human authors? Some reflections on the nature of the Spirit's work in the divine breathing-out of the scriptures.