3 Steps Will Help Churches Achieve Their Calling

In college, I took an Old Testament course that challenged me to think of Genesis 1 not as a sweet fairy-tale or myth, but rather a very intentional, nuanced and structured environment that took fully into account the use of the six-day metaphor. My professor...

For Generation Y, It’s All About Belonging

Diana Butler Bass (along with others) is publishing frequently about the sociological shifts occurring in churches. She’s helped us see that church growth used to be based on the formula: “Believe. Behave. Belong.” If you believe what we believe and...

How to Stop Being the Center of Your Universe

I’m finding myself in a liminal space, reflecting as I gear up for another semester of marriage, school, ministry, recruiting, traveling, speaking, learning, preaching and pastoring. And I’m noticing a trend – it’s difficult to live out of my...

The Danger of Mixing Santa and Jesus at Christmas

My wife and I went looking at Christmas lights last Christmas. We saw the usual carolers, snowmen, nutcrackers, reindeers, sleighs and so forth. At one particular house, we saw two things I’ll never forget. The first was a birthday cake covered in white lights....