Following the Light into Sierra Leone

October 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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The paved highway ended and we turned onto red dirt roads made slick by the rainy season. Two lanes soon become one and turned upward through a potholed maze of boulders and washed-out trails, that twisted our truck higher and higher into the thickening canopy. When the trail stopped, we […]

The Fall of Tullian Tchividjian

June 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm
The Fall of Tullian Tchividjian

  Like racism and police brutality, the public failure of megachurch pastors is an unfortunately common theme in the media these days. The most recent tale surfaced after the resignation of Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida following his confession of an extramarital affair. Like all failure, both […]

Egalitarian & Conservative?

June 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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I was once a complementarian, but my views were formed in the isolation of a conservative Baptist church where I was never introduced to an alternative. Like many people who were born and raised in a similar environment, exclusively male leadership as a biblical and theological concept was never taught […]

Is dinner with my friends church?

April 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm
Is Dinner With My Friends Church?

 “Without going into all the backstory, I’ll just tell you that I feel like God is moving me to be in a different kind of church. Specifically, one that has more of a home-church kind of vibe. So, is it OK for me to have church at my home? I […]

Recipe for Renewed Christianity

April 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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          Ross Douthat is the youngest op-ed writer ever hired by the New York Times. More impressive than his age is the fact that he is also a Christian. As a Harvard graduate with a brilliant mind, Douthat is able to synthesize and critique some of the […]

The Hobbit & The Battle of the Five Denominations

January 6, 2015 at 9:11 pm
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41,000 That was the figure given in 2011 by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity as an estimate for the total number of Christian denominations and organizations worldwide. Unfortunately, it is probably safe to assume that the number has only risen in recent years, not declined. As a member of […]

The Unpreachable Santa

December 19, 2014 at 6:06 pm
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     I once learned a valuable lesson in the pulpit; of all the places in the world in which it remains offensive to declare, “Santa is not real,” Sunday worship still manages to rank fairly high.         To be fair I did not begin my sermon with […]

Pastoral Suicide & the Lamenting Church

November 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm
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  “To enter a broken heart means that our hearts will be broken as well.” – Paul Miller        It was close to a year ago that I sat at my computer writing a reflection on the suicide of a fellow pastor named Stephen Hightower. Today, I find […]

Pastoral Lessons from Banksy

October 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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Be very careful what you wish for.        In the world of pastoral ministry (especially the evangelical variety) what seems to be wished for with an increasing frequency is fame. Despite the fact that it is often shrouded in more spiritual terms like “influence” or “maximizing capacity,” there […]

How Hipsters Became More Powerful than the Gates of Hell

August 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm
How Hipsters Became More Powerful than the Gates of Hell

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:1   Scene 1: I am on staff at a Presbyterian church that follows a formal Presbyterian liturgy. I am taking a respite […]