Don’t Waste Your Pain

By John A. Thomason Most of us have been urged throughout our lives not to be wasteful. We’re taught that some commodities are so valuable or in such short supply that they shouldn’t be squandered. As children we were told not to waste food. As adolescents...

Church Conflict Can Take On A Life Of Its Own

By Charles H. Chandler Chris Hedges states that after a period of time, war begins to develop its own life. The former theology student turned journalist wrote in his book, War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, that those involved are able to perform superhuman acts...

Becoming a Forgiving Person

By Charles H. Chandler Forgiveness is a popular word. It may be talked about more frequently than practiced. Though most of us recognize that the ideal lifestyle includes becoming a forgiving person, the practical application is easier said than done. Genuine...

Are Pastors and Churches Being Shortchanged?

By Charles H. Chandler Gerald L. Zelizer, writing in the February 21 issue of USA TODAY, suggests that church leaders should skillfully exclude from leadership roles that laity whom author G. Lloyd Rediger calls “clergy killers.” Though he acknowledges...