This is not the kind of worship we were made for — tethered by text or digital renderings of image-bearers. Continue reading Book Review: “Analog Church” (Jay Kim)
A Sunday Assembly could never imitate a church, but a church could imitate a Sunday Assembly. And sadly, they often do. Continue reading Sending the Church Into Eternity
During our service a few weeks ago, I was passing the offering basket over to my wife, when I heard the sound of change dropping to the floor. Pennies and dimes bouncing and clanging, not in tune with the song the band had begun to sing. As a few of us were trying to get … Continue reading Jesus Loves the Little Churches
I remember walking into youth group that Wednesday night around a decade ago. I was so excited about the evening’s upcoming events. As a church, we had been advertising this night heavily, encouraged on multiple occasions to make sure we invite our friends to be a part of what we were doing. There was more … Continue reading Is Inviting People to Church Enough?
Even the God-less need a house of worship. Tennesseeans will gather for Preds games, and atheists will plan a Sunday morning service, because in our core we all feel the twinge to belong. Continue reading Predators Hockey, and The Church
As I watched the electoral votes climb for Donald Trump into the wee hours of November 9th, I sat in amazement over the coverage, with one word on my mind. How? I remember sitting in the kitchen of my in-laws house, waking up that morning to news in mid-June of 2015 that Donald Trump was … Continue reading Post-Election Repentance
Last week we came to grips with the reality of our homelessness in this world, yet our sense of belonging to the family of God. We are adopted sons and daughters, this is true; yet we wait to go Home. So we are pilgrims on the journey. Peter calls us “sojourners” and “exiles” in his … Continue reading The Homeless Evangelical (Part 2)
In a recent interview with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, captured the essence of the 2016 election and the Christian dilemma in less than ten words: “There are a lot of Evangelicals who feel homeless.” Don’t you? For the first time in my adult life, I feel like … Continue reading The Homeless Evangelical
People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy…It was the equilibrium of a man behind madly rushing horses, seeming to stoop this way and to sway that, yet in every attitude having the grace of … Continue reading G.K. Chesterton’s “Unsafe Orthodoxy”
Abraham Kuyper is one of the most noted and well-respected Dutch theologians in all of church history. He has written much in the way of how Christians should think about culture, and how God created culture to function. Nearly a hundred years later after his death, it seems Christians are still trying to answer some … Continue reading Abraham Kuyper’s 9 Points on Christianity and Culture
It is a question I have been asking and thinking through for years. It really started while sitting behind the drum set, doing yet another rehearsal, preparing to play a new song by a band whose worship album was the go-to music pre-service. Not only was their music refreshing and new and stylistically pleasing, but … Continue reading When Worship+Doctrine Don’t Seem To Mesh
As Christians, we often treat our gospel message like a gate…but the Church is something else. Continue reading The Church, A Battering Ram
“Love on people.” “Doing life together.” “Being Missional.” “Life on Life Discipleship.” “Being Disciple-Makers.” You’ve probably heard at least one of those phrases used by someone in a Christian gathering this week. Some of the phrases are downright creepy (seriously, can we just cut “love on _______” from our Christianese vocab?) These kinds of phrases are not … Continue reading Are You Really A Disciple-Maker?
Playboy recently announced that it will be scrapping its magazines of nudity. The initial response from the evangelical camp was one of joy. “Thank goodness they’ve come to their senses.” Unfortunately, they haven’t at all, and that’s the point. It turns out, the decision to get rid of nudity in the famous magazines was centered … Continue reading On Playboy, Goats, and Shock Value in Sexual Culture
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