The End of Us vs. Them

The End of “Us” vs. “Them”

“Us” vs. “Them.”  It’s how most people see the world.  Another word for this is tribalism.  And, apparently, tribalism comes quite naturally to us.  Here’s what a study titled Tribalism Is Human Nature says: Humans evolved in the context of intense intergroup competition, and groups comprised of loyal members more often succeeded than those that…

Tempered Resilience Book Review

Tempered Resilience Book Review

Tempered Resilience, by Tod Bolsinger, helps leaders step into the challenge of adaptive change with health, strength, and confidence. In Canoeing the Mountains, Bolsinger showed pastors, leaders, and churches what to do in order to lead adaptively in uncharted times.  In Tempered Resilience, he shows us how to be and become the kind of person…

What is Pre-Christendom?

What is Pre-Christendom?

What is Pre-Christendom? Pre-Christendom is the era of Christianity lasting from the time of Jesus until 312 C.E. when the Roman Emperor Constantine became a Christian. It is called Pre-Christendom because it preceded the Christendom era, the years when Christianity was at the center of Western culture. In the years following the life of Jesus,…

Personal Rights and the Common Good, protestors

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…

Lament for 2020, Police and Protestor pray together

A Lament for 2020

A Year of Suffering 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. …

Logos Bible Software Review

Logos Bible Study Software Review

It happened! I had been looking at the Logos Bible study software website when it happened.  I stumbled across the Logos endorsements page and I saw something that made me laugh. So this is what I tweeted:   I kinda love seeing @BethMooreLPM front and center on the endorsements page for Logos software! Right between…

Shalom in the Age of COVID-19

Shalom in the Age of COVID-19

The Age of COVID-19 The world is broken and in desperate need of shalom. If you’ve never noticed it before, I bet you’ve noticed it in the age of COVID-19. 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.…

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…