Remember those famous nylon acrostic bracelets we all sported back in the 90s? The motivation for wearing them was simple: It was to remind us to be mindful, through our daily decisions, struggles, and conversations, to approach them the way Jesus would. It served as a visual trigger for that famous rhetorical question pastors and … Continue reading What Would Paul Do?
Our series continues on the “trivial church” and how we can regain an accurate understanding of its designed function. In the first post, we looked at some common “blanket statements” made about the universal Church. This time we will be focusing on the some of the more localized and personal reasons why people may choose … Continue reading Attacking Trivial Church: Part Two
There are two ecclesiological extremes people are going to today in evangelicalism. The first extreme is when people place an unnecessary emphasis on the Church and its role and function in the body of Christ. Many ultra-conservative church leaders urge members to have perfect attendance on Sunday and be dressed appropriately, which means they better … Continue reading Attacking Trivial Church: Part One
Originally published at cbmw.org. The English language is one of, if not the most, complicated languages in the world, but not because there is a word for every emotion or feeling. Our language tends to do an injustice to words derived from other ancient or historic languages. We suffer from this repercussion at various points … Continue reading Calling Men to Meekness
I wrote a poem from Paul’s perspective inspired from Philippians 1:12–14. I’m not a poet, but I thought I’d share. I miss the glimpses of nightly stars; Morning and evening pass without me. Three walls of stone and a wall of bars; Darkness is all I ever see. I’m still not used to the sounds … Continue reading Freedom in Jail
Through this series, we have spent the past couple of months thinking about how to socially analyze where we are as a culture, what’s going wrong, and where we can improve, especially in the realm of social media. We have dedicated time to other posts talking about some of the specific places we can re-evaluate … Continue reading Socially Unacceptable: The Hidden City
Can you name all of the seven deadly sins without looking? You probably know most of them, but there is at least one that is easy to forget about. One of the vices that gets the least attention in the Christian life is sloth (ironically enough). The term “veg out” is a modern synonym of … Continue reading Socially Unacceptable: Virtual Vegging