A few years ago, while working as a bi-vocational church planter, I formed a friendship in my secular employment with a Muslim.  He knew I was a Christian pastor, and I understood that he was a committed Muslim, and we enjoyed many conversations comparing various aspects of our faith.  HeContinue Reading

If the lies we told left a taste in our mouth, and if the rumors we spread left stench on our breath, it would be the horrible taste and putrid smell of the death we are speaking. It would reek of decay. We would be unable to speak without fightingContinue Reading

It is normal (and good) to wonder what good a church can do in the world.  Sometimes, though, when you are a part of a small church, it can be common to doubt that the church can do any good.  “We don’t have the resources,” we say.  “We lack theContinue Reading

I remember the first time I read a Brian McLaren book.  “A Generous Orthodoxy” was something like an exotic trip in a forbidden land.  It was like McLaren was giving voice to all the dark corners of my mind, expressing the thoughts that I (thought I) was forbidden from expressing myself. Continue Reading

Who is Jesus without God and the Holy Spirit? Who is the Holy Spirit without Jesus or God? Who is God without Jesus or the Holy Spirit? Without all three, the picture is incomplete.  We do not understand God without Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Unless we understand God inContinue Reading

Recent Barna research shows that only 20% Christians are involved in some sort of discipleship activity.  That means that four out of five people who profess faith in Christ are not a part of any regular gathering that is intended to foster spiritual growth in their lives. Of those 20%,Continue Reading