The Good News According to Metallica

Two weekends ago I saw my favorite band, Metallica, for the third time. A downside of living in Richmond is that major concerts don't come through town like they did in Chicago. So my family made a quick road trip down to Atlanta. My parents came up from Florida to watch our kids so that my wife, … Read more about The Good News According to Metallica

Attractional Church No Longer Works

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

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

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

Good News Sightings

I preached this sermon this past Sunday at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church. It was Christ the King Sunday but I chose to use the lectionary texts for Thanksgiving Day: Joel 2:21-27; Psalm 126; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Matthew 6:25-33. You can listen to an audio recording here. Sometimes---after a long … Read more about Good News Sightings

This IS How Change Happens

I must admit that I was not aware of what was happening at the University of Missouri in recent months. It either didn't get much media attention, or I simply missed it. But it's certainly getting attention now. What strikes me the most about the resignations of Mizzou's president and chancellor … Read more about This IS How Change Happens