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
Last week I had the privilege of attending Exponential East 2016 for the first time with some fellow staff members. Exponential is a conference and organization founded by Todd Wilson and Dave Ferguson. Their team puts on these annual conferences with an emphasis on church planting, multiplication, discipleship, and the missional movement. It was a week full … Continue reading 4 Takeaways From Exponential East 2016
Last week I was shocked to learn the news of a pastor I highly respect was fired for several instances of pastoral misconduct. When I read the statement prepared by the eldership of his church, I couldn’t believe it. I just listened to this guy preach a deeply encouraging sermon at a conference I recently attended. … Continue reading Witnessing Confessions, and Making Them Our Own
“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?
During some recent devotional time through John’s Epistles, I noticed perhaps for the first time the peculiarity of the endings to two of his three epistles: Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so … Continue reading Paper and Ink
I recently picked up my wife’s copy of The Message (for those of you already rolling your eyes, more on this in a moment) and was skimming over the introduction, a couple passages, and then the endorsements on the back. After seeing many people commend Eugene Peterson’s excellent work on this popular volume, it was … Continue reading A Memo on The Message
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