Which Narrative Do We Choose?

"Signs of Life" by Christie

Following up on yesterday’s post about the theme of exile at the NEXT Church National Gathering, here are some further thoughts about the biblical narratives we use to help us understand our situation and tell our stories. There are essentially three sweeping narratives in the Bible, all three of which are variations of the same […]

Random Social Media Analogy

Cobra-29-LTD-Bluetooth

I have no idea why I thought of this, but here it is. (I think it must have been reflecting on the use of Twitter at recent conferences.) When I was in college I drove a big honkin’ pickup truck. It fit my Texas lifestyle. (I still kinda miss that truck.) It was about a […]

Struggling with Exile at #NEXTChurch2014

My notes from Tuesday morning at NEXT 2014

The two and a half days I spent at the 2014 NEXT Church National Gathering were refreshing and inspiring. I want to make a few general comments about the conference before diving into the theme that I wrestled with the most. I’ve now been to all of the NEXT national gatherings except last year (including […]

Progressive Youth Ministry Recap

PROGRESSIVE YOUTH MINISTRY

Several years ago I reached out to Tony Jones with the idea of putting together a youth ministry conference that was unambiguously progressive. Nothing like this really existed and I was frustrated with having to filter other conference experiences through my progressive theological perspective and often found myself disappointed. We both agreed that this was […]

Urgency and Opportunity

Urgency and Opportunity

Yesterday on Facebook someone reminded me that I never posted the third video on post-Christendom that I put together for a friend’s adult education class. (You can find the first two here and here.) The main content of this final installment is a prophetic oracle and symbolic action I wrote for a DMin class on […]