Christendom’s Last Gasp

Why Aren’t People Interested in Church Anymore? If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably noticed that fewer people are attending church these days.  Most (not all, but certainly most) of our churches have fewer people on a Sunday morning than five years ago.  Probably less than we had just twelve months ago! Why is that?…

Personal Rights and the Common Good

Let me ask you a question. What’s more important, my personal rights or the common good? We could put it in more specific terms. What’s more important: My right to bear arms or the safety of school children who are often the targets of mass shootings? My right to not wear a mask or the…

A Lament for 2020

I’m a white male.  What that means is that I’m a person for whom neither the color of my skin nor my gender have ever been an obstacle.  I’ve had other obstacles, but not those. And so there’s a part of me that feels unqualified to speak into the current moment.  I can’t fully understand…

Logos Bible Software Review

Logos Bible Study Software Review

It happened!  For the first time in my life, my tweet went viral!   Well, “viral” may be an overstatement, but my tweet certainly got a lot of attention. I had been looking at the Logos Bible study software website and happened to stumble across the Endorsements page.  I saw something there that made me…

Shalom in the Age of COVID-19

The world is broken. If you’ve never noticed it before, I bet you notice it now. COVID-19 is running rampant in our world. At the time that I’m writing this, there are over a million confirmed cases and over 53,000 deaths. In the U.S. alone, there are almost 250,000 cases and over 6,000 deaths. Social…

A New Heart

Much has been said and written (including by me!) about the ways churches need to change in order to be the church we are called to be in the world as it is today.  Over the past several decades, we’ve used all kinds of adjectives to describe what the church should be like: Missional Attractional…

How Do Churches Change?

How does change happen? How do organizations and institutions change? How do churches change? The world has changed dramatically—and churches have noticed! There’s no getting around it. The way we’ve done ministry in the past—strategic planning leading to lots of felt-needs-based programming—doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. Something has to change. Exactly what needs to…

Thingification

I love the church I’ve heard it said that the church is the hope of the world—and I agree! The church is the Body of Christ and the Light of the World. I firmly believe that it is through the church – God’s people – that He will bring healing and redemption to the brokenness of…

Really Listening Really Matters

I’m going to start this post off with a bad joke…  Ready? My wife yelled at me today saying, “You weren’t even listening just now, were you?”  I thought to myself, “Man, what a weird way to start a conversation…” For some people, listening is hard, isn’t it?  We get caught up in our own thoughts…

A Way Which is Full of Promise

Like many of you, I turned on the news this past week and saw the reports… Another school shooting. This time in Parkdale, Florida. I couldn’t bear to watch for more than a minute… Another tragedy. More death. More shattered lives. It’s times like these that our emotions can run rampant… grief, fear, anger… These…