This looks like an interesting movie. Thoughts? Continue reading Lord, Save us from Your Followers
This is so encouraging to read – especially from a church with the size and influence of Life Church: The American Church is not lacking for “cool” pastors. Like a single guy who is trying just-a-bit-too-hard to impress a girl, some churches are simply trying too hard to be cool. I’m very encouraged to see … Continue reading Cool church?
It’s easy for Christians to struggle with this idea of “sacred” vs. “secular.” You’ve seen it. It’s the whole idea that “Christian” music is good, while “non-Christian” music is bad. Or that a “pastor” is more holy than a postal worker. Neil Cole has been doing a series of posts about this false division. I … Continue reading Who has the power?
For those of you who may not follow some of the big blogs that are involved in it, Rick Warren is hosting a summit for a select group of pastors, and a group of bloggers has been busy live-streaming interviews all day. I just watched an interview with Rick McKinley and Bob Roberts – two … Continue reading Catch some behind-the-scenes interviews on church planting and more
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be a “missional community” – how small groups can organize around outward mission that enables those relationships with God and each other to grow and be developed along the way. Alan Hirsch has a lot of great things to say about this here. The … Continue reading Becoming missional communities
I’m always amazed at how Jesus not only hung around rough crowds filled with corrupt businessmen, prostitutes, and sinners but how those crowds actually wanted to be around Jesus. How does that happen? His message essentially tells them they need to change, but they invite him to parties. When I’m in a new group and … Continue reading Jesus, sinners, and you
The more you’re a part of a subculture, the more you speak that culture’s language. That’s all fine and good until you need to communicate with someone outside of that culture. It happens in the church world. Phrases and expectations can be completely odd to the newcomer. And let me tell you – seminary doesn’t … Continue reading Remove jargon. Communicate clearly.