Can I take a minute or two to defend ritual and tradition? It's true that this might seem a bit odd for me. I have spent my life in an Evangelical stream that is anything but high church. In my world I have heard, more often than not, Matthew 6:7 used as a prooftext for…Read more In praise of ritual & tradition
This was originally posted at Gospel Centered Discipleship. Gnosticism was at the heart of much of the New Testament writers’ objections. At its root, Gnosticism argued that the material world was bad, and the spiritual world, or realm, was good. The majority of Gnostics, then, practiced a mix of asceticism and even philanthropy as they…Read more When Gnostics go to church
Pastor's, let's be honest, as much as difficulties in the church can often trouble us, we are naturally problem-solvers. Whether it's dissecting a biblical text, designing a discipleship strategy, helping unravel spiritual needs in a church member, or serving a family as they search for hope in the midst of grief, we like to approach…Read more Celebrate, Pastor.
Allow me to make a bold suggestion. I am increasingly convinced that Christianity is an inherently optimistic – and even happy – faith. Now I get it, even as I make that assumption more than a few of you are objecting to it. Your objections are most likely rooted in your view of the depravity…Read more A Happy Faith
We want Christmas to be focused on things that matter. We want candles, and slow, delightful family gatherings. We want enjoyable parties and leisurely gift exchanges. Most of all we want Jesus, front and center, celebrated and adored, as He should be. Instead we usually get mad rushes and overspending coupled with overeating. We occasionally…Read more Advent Antidote
I enjoyed the opportunity to submit a video for The Nines, a conference hosted by Leadership Network that features a series of short videos, offered by a variety of church leaders, and is viewed by an audience of more than 20,000 people. The video below is the video that I submitted. In it we look…Read more #TheNines 2014 :: Creating a Shalom Culture