Learning to See with God’s Eyes

Last week, I spent a few days at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, one of my denomination’s most vibrant congregations. The church’s campus, prominently located on the “Miracle Mile” in the heart of downtown, makes a bold architectural statement that – at least to me – speaks vol
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Time to Rethink Everything

By Jim Kitchens CHC Consultant When I was the pastor of Second Presbyterian in Nashville, one of my friends was the pastor of a thriving tall steeple United Methodist church in town. It was the sort of church that might lead some of the rest of us to struggle with the sin of envy. Its
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A Change Is Gonna Come, But What Kind?

I once heard someone describe one of the major differences between every generation of human beings that lived before us and our own generation as being rooted in how we experience the relationship between stability and change. “For most of human history,” he said, “people’s lives wer
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Loving Our Neighbors

In each of the synoptic gospels, Jesus enters into conversation with a crowd about the traditional summary of the Torah: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart … and your neighbor as yourself.” In Luke’s gospel, a man seeking clarification (if not also self-justificatio
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Understanding Church Microclimates

The weather during July in San Francisco is best described by a quote mistakenly attributed to Mark Twain: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Tourists clad in t-shirts and shorts shivering in the summer fog that blankets the city are proof of this adage.
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A Variety of Gifts

Guest post by Jim Kitchens, CHC consultant. Last week I gathered with ten other people who love the church, love its congregations, and love their leaders to talk about how we might work together under the banner of the Center for Healthy Churches. Being with them felt a bit like atte
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