Church Stockholm Syndrome

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

Giving Up Church for Lent

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

My “Secret Agent” Spiritual Guide

College was something of a crisis of faith for me. I was basically a fundamentalist when I left high school. After planning on a career in space physics and applying to schools based on this plan, by the time I needed to decide which college to attend I had felt a call to ministry that I could no … Read more about My “Secret Agent” Spiritual Guide

Managing Decline or Pruning the Tree?

Every mainline Protestant institution---churches, denominations, seminaries, publishing houses, parachurch ministries, non-profit organizations---has been dealing with decline for decades. Increasingly, this is becoming the norm for evangelical institutions as well. I routinely find myself in … Read more about Managing Decline or Pruning the Tree?

There Is an Awakening

Though I've seen it twice, have included it in pretty much every evangelism talk I've given since the full trailer came out in October, and used it to open the sermon I preached yesterday, I've managed to not blog about The Force Awakens in the three weeks since it opened. It's time to fix that. … Read more about There Is an Awakening

What Would Jesus Ask? #GOPDebate

The final Republican debate of 2015 is on CNN tonight. The topics are national security and global terrorism. Considering the way the leading GOP candidates are vying for the votes of evangelicals, I would love for Wolf Blitzer to ask them some questions that connect their professed Christian faith … Read more about What Would Jesus Ask? #GOPDebate