Related to my current interest in contemplative spirituality, I've been pondering some foundational questions about Protestant worship. In particular, I've been questioning the wordiness of our worship services and the centrality of the sermon in Reformed (and other) worship traditions. To be … Read more about Contemplative Worship
Whether they admit it or not, most preachers approach Mother's Day with fear and trembling. In some places it ranks right up there with Easter as a Sunday that draws big crowds with high expectations. Yet many people have a troubled relationship with their mothers or with motherhood. Many have lost … Read more about Celebrate Mother’s Day with Lucy Smith
Back in September, DC Comics relaunched it's entire lineup of titles. Called "The New 52", the idea behind this major reboot is to update these characters and stories for a new audience and to give readers an opportunity to jump on board without necessarily needing to catch up with all of the … Read more about Reboot
Five weeks ago I bought an iPad for work. For some time I have flirted with the idea of exploring how the iPad could be used creatively in youth ministry. Five weeks in, I'm loving it and wondering why I waited so long to do this. I'm still planning and brainstorming about legitimate ministry … Read more about iMinistry (Part 1)
When I was a fundamentalist, life faith was much easier. My pastors and teachers taught me a closed system of doctrines, approaches to the Bible, and ways of thinking. Most of the questions I asked had answers. Personal and cultural problems were described and solutions were provided. I learned … Read more about What is at Stake in Progressive Christianity?
I've recently read Bart Ehrman's Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know About Them). I know that Ehrman gets a lot of mixed reviews. Conservatives don't like him because he attacks their beliefs. Academics don't take him as seriously now that … Read more about Beating Around the (Burning) Bush
I know, I know. I've been away from the blog for the past couple of weeks. Fall is a pretty busy time for church youth workers. There's a blog post to be written about how there never really is a slow time for youth ministry. But for now... Yesterday I preached at our two big morning worship … Read more about Big Words at Church