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. He
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 fighting
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 the
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.
Lectionary preachers have the sometimes daunting challenge of exploring and discovering thematic consistency if they plan to preach in series. While there are fantastic resources online, such as my personal favorite, CatchyLecty, there are times when even our favorite resources leave us wanting. That’s part of the reason I’m excited