Monday Morning Quarterback

That thing where the seven year-old begs to go with you to the Christmas breakfast at church and then refuses to eat anything but mini cinnamon buns. That thing where your colleague, the Head of Staff, crawls around on the sanctuary floor during the Children’s Time bleating like a sheep, unprompted. That thing where a […]

Monday Morning Quarterback

The chancel lights aren’t working. The candle holders on the Advent wreath are wobbly and can’t be tightened because the screws are stripped. They’ve been stripped for three years at least, yet another late November Sunday finds us surprised, stuffing bits of paper towel down the sides of the candle cups to try and stabilize […]

Monday Morning Quarterback

Stuff we learned on Sunday Youth Sunday, I now realize, is as much about the adult congregation as it is about the teenagers. This annual ritual is a chance, yes, for teens to plan all the music, to lead all the prayers, even to preach the sermon, but it is also a chance for the […]

Monday Morning Quarterback

Stuff we learned on Sunday Youth Sunday used to be on Mother’s Day in my congregation. After repeated complaints from a small sector of people whose own children were no longer youth, I changed it. Now Youth Sunday follows Mother’s Day by one week. So the Sunday for planning Youth Sunday is now . . […]

Monday Morning Quarterback

The pride I feel at my six year-old daughter’s ability to entertain herself in my office for hours while I’m in meetings splattered across the bathroom baseboards with her sick. On a day that featured two separate 90 minute meetings following morning worship, she spent the last part of the second meeting silently enduring a raging headache, […]

Monday Morning Quarterback

Stuff I learned on Sunday Read text messages more carefully. “So” can sometimes look like “or,” so make sure the text from a fellow parent stating the time she’s picking up your kid says “I’m leaving here at 7:00 OR 7:15” and not “I’m leaving here at 7:00 SO 7:15,” so that she doesn’t arrive […]

Monday Morning Quarterback

Stuff I learned on my vacation If you can put your work completely out of mind for a time, then how much of a hold does your work have over your imagination? I took a four day vacation with my family last week. I struggled to stop thinking about my work, about particular people and […]

Monday Morning Quarterback Easter Edition

Stuff I learned on Sunday The pageantry of Easter is for everyone who is there, including those who are only there on Easter. The brass ensemble and “Hallelujah” chorus are not especially tuned for worshipers who also were there on Palm Sunday and the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Worship leaders experience a mixture of excitement […]

Monday Morning Quarterback

Stuff I learned on Sunday The plea for help doesn’t wait until you’re not doing anything else before presenting itself. Christ’s call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked comes while we’re fighting a paper jam in the copier. Our ability to show compassion can’t depend upon being mentally ready and free of distraction, because […]