4 Lessons to Move Your Church to Engaging Worship

One of the great joys of my work is the opportunity to worship with a great variety of faith communities from varying denominational traditions. Some are liturgically oriented, while others chafe at the mention of the word “liturgical.” Some rock out with...

How Your Church Can Discover Authentic Worship

In my short career, I’ve come across a lot of loaded words, but the word worship has been one of the most difficult to define. Everyone is looking for a church that really worships, that really knows how to praise God. We don’t know exactly what worship...

When We’re Preaching, Why Not Try Honesty?

Anne Lamott infamously said, “The most powerful sermon in the world are the words ‘me too.'” I read those words once – I also read them in Rob Bell’s book “Velvet Elvis,” which is fitting because I recently found myself settling...

When Churches Create a Domesticated Jesus

“These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also.” – Description/criticism of Christian disciples in Thessalonica, as recorded in Acts 17:6 Read the Bible lately? The story is one of twists, turns, nomadic movements and heroic...

How People Recognize Authentic Christians

How can others who cannot peek inside your heart, glance inside your mind or scan your soul know for sure that you are a follower of Jesus? What is the primary evidence of your credibility and authenticity? According to John 13:35, your Christian identity is best...