What the Church Needs to Learn from U2

u2-songs of innocence

I woke up this morning with an email from U2 announcing that they are giving away copies of their new studio album to every iTunes user—that’s half a billion people in 119 countries. The album doesn’t go on sale in digital or physical form for another month. And while this is heavily subsidized by Apple […]

How is Our Brand Doing?

PCUSA SEAL

Last Friday there was a nice synchronicity between two of the blogs I read on a daily basis. Seth Godin mused about logos and branding: The original reason for brands was to let the buyer know the source of the goods. “We made this,” says the organization we trust when we buy something. Over time, […]

Post-Christendom Youth Ministry

AWC Sketchnote

I’m WAY overdue sharing some of the highlights from my DMin thesis, “Post-Christendom Confirmation.” I presented some of it in my talk at the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference back in March with the more expansive title “Post-Christendom Youth Ministry.” Here are my slides from that talk: Post-Christendom Youth Ministry (PYM14) from johnvest I also really […]

What is Post-Christendom?

What is Post-Christendom

A friend of mine in California is leading an adult education class on post-Christendom and asked me to put together some introductory videos for her class. The first class was yesterday and here is the video. This project is a helpful challenge as I continue to work on articulating what post-Christendom is and why we […]

Unity not Uniformity in Post-Christendom

Icon depicting the Emperor Constantine (centre) and the bishops of the First Council of Nicaea (325) holding the Niceno–Constantinopolitan Creed of 381.

For a while now I have been reflecting on the difference between unity and uniformity in the church. Last week’s post about “Playing at Presbyterianism” helped me frame this reflection in terms of the shift from Christendom to post-Christendom. As it has become clear that I need to do a better job of articulating what […]