Should Churches be Trigger-Free Safe Zones?
Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. So begins an article in… Read More
The Utter Recklessness of Grace: You Won’t Believe Who Are the Objects of God’s Favor!
When we hear or read the word grace, different images come to mind: A girl we know from school The elegance of movement A word of prayer Handling pressure with dignity A kindness bestowed on another A free period or… Read More
Are Christians Really Called to Make Jesus Famous?
I recently started reading a book where the author claims that part of the call of the Church is to make Jesus famous. This on the heels of a strategic planning session our congregation is going to through in part… Read More
How to Speak Man: A Brief Tutorial for Church Leaders Who Want to Reach Men
Men and women are equal. Men and women are different. That’s my starting point. If you can live with that, then I invite you to continue on. It’s no secret that men have dropped out of the Christian Church in… Read More
Beware! Jesus Only Serves Sinners
I have come to call not the righteous, but sinners! —Jesus An old proverb says: If you want to know what a person is like, look at his/her friends. Time and again Jesus was caught hanging with the wrong kinds… Read More
Is Nastiness the New Authenticity?
During a radio show the host said he couldn’t support Donald Trump because he wasn’t acting Presidential. His guest said that that’s what many find so compelling about Donald Trump. His behavior, even when it’s so inappropriate, comes across as… Read More
If Grace is Amazing…Why Do Christians Often Make it So Condemning?
I recently had a chance to interview Legendary singer B. J. Thomas (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head; Hooked on a Feeling; Another Done Somebody Wrong Song; As Long as We’ve Got Each Other—the Theme from Growing Pains.) BJ and… Read More
If Jesus Gave His Nazareth Sermon to Evangelical Republicans…Would They Want To Throw Him Off a Cliff, too?
Imagine the scene: Jesus, who once played on the dusty streets of the village of Nazareth, who was probably related in some way to many of the villagers, who perhaps worked side by side with many of his neighbors fixing… Read More
The Myth of the War on Christmas?
Several news outlets, including CBS and NBC, recently covered a story about yet another apparent attack on Christmas. It even made the news in England. A Jewish mom complained about a trip her son’s class was going to take to see… Read More
Why Church Matters to Your Kids—Part 4: Reason #3 is…
If Jesus matters to us, then what matters to Jesus will matter to us. If it matters to us that Jesus matters to our kids, then what matters to Jesus will matter to our kids. The Church matters to Jesus… Read More