During an icebreaker exercise a few days ago the question was asked: "Would you rather be helpless or hopeless?" I'll choose helpless over hopeless every time. Every time. I can't live without hope. In fact, I'm not sure anyone can live without hope. I believe hope is necessary for human … Read more about Whatever Happened to Hope?
My "giving up church for Lent" blog series was disrupted last week when I traveled to Dallas for the Progressive Youth Ministry conference, which you can read about here. Now I'm in Atlanta for the NEXT Church national gathering and finding my days just as full. But I'm still thinking about the … Read more about Spirituality in Twelve Steps
An idea for a unique conference for progressive youth workers. Some conversations with Tony Jones. Three years later, we've wrapped up our third successful Progressive Youth Ministry conference and we're already working on the next one. This has been a wild ride. In his opening sermon, Neil … Read more about #PYM16 Afterglow
Experiencing God in nature is one of the prime targets of those who condescendingly dismiss the spirituality of people who identify as spiritual but not religious. Apparently it's superficial and narcissistic to find God in in the mountains or in a sunset. Or, it's not enough to experience such … Read more about Finding God In Earth, Water, and Sky
Now that I've established some of my assumptions and interests, I'm beginning my "giving up church for Lent" journey wth Diana Butler Bass' new book, Grounded: Finding God in the World---A Spiritual Revolution. Bass' previous book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a … Read more about Tired of Being Insulted
A major assumption behind this "giving up church for Lent" thought experiment is my conviction that attractional church models no longer work in post-Christendom. Church growth strategies designed to attract members with better worship services and programs have a limited return on investment … Read more about Attractional Church No Longer Works
A few weeks ago I made a short video to propose an ignite talk for the NEXT Church national gathering happening in Atlanta later this month. It wasn't one of the five ignite talks selected, but the video has still generated some curiosity and interest. It is very much in line with my theme of … Read more about Church Stockholm Syndrome
I didn't grow up in a Christian tradition that celebrated Ash Wednesday or Lent. In fact, we were not-so-subtly taught that it was something strange or silly that Catholics did. (We were also not-so-subtly taught that Catholics were probably not real Christians.) But when I became a Presbyterian as … Read more about Giving Up Church for Lent