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 various intersecting story […]

iMinistry (Part 1)

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 applications. […]

What is at Stake in Progressive Christianity?

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 this system well and devoted myself […]

Beating Around the (Burning) Bush

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 he focuses more on writing popular bestselling […]

Big Words at Church

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 […]