Why I love the Local Church            

I admit it. I love the local church. In its messiness. In its brokenness. I love the local church. And I get so tired of hearing the latest speaker or blogger tell me how they were beaten down or disrespected or cheated by some one “in” the church…I often wonder if they mean the building. Because Read more about Why I love the Local Church            […]

Jesus is always relevant, No Cliché has ever been more true.

Do we ever tire of “updating maps”? In a constant struggle to be relevant we sacrifice time of knowing God more…the being of whom we are trying to be relevant for. There is nothing more relevant than Jesus. We argue about tactics….of which there are limitless options. The Two Potential Directions We Go: The Theologian Read more about Jesus is always relevant, No Cliché has ever been more true.[…]

The Sexiness of Simplicity: Defining What Simplicity Means for the Church.

Simplicity is beautiful. Simplicity isn’t the presence of naiveté; rather it is the absence of innocence. Simplicity is more than a minimalist lifestyle; it is a synthesized and sophisticated worldview. In the church we tend to run to hometown buffet before we run to the simplicity of a singular idea. We become all things to Read more about The Sexiness of Simplicity: Defining What Simplicity Means for the Church.[…]

The Subtlety of Behavior Modification

IN the journey of faith there is a value of seeing and experiencing the transformed life—- in this journey the Christian battles against turning sanctification into a list of works.  In the book of Romans, Paul confronts us with this reality of how easy it is for us to fall into that trap…he asks that if I Read more about The Subtlety of Behavior Modification[…]

Discipleship 101. Jim Putnam Unpacking Cultural Flaws.

I have been encouraged by discipleship.org and their attempt to clarify what we see in the scripture.  It isn’t about conversion, its about discipleship.  It isn’t about helping people become ushers or donut servers…its about becoming disciple makers. It helps to follow the Jesus curriculum in this discipleship process that brings us back to the great Read more about Discipleship 101. Jim Putnam Unpacking Cultural Flaws.[…]

Walk by faith not by sight…really? Relearning How to Walk.

This is such a classic phrase that gets lost on people….or maybe just me. It cannot mean, don’t have any clue where you’re going just go can it?  It cannot mean believe the unbelievable can it?  It cannot mean, that you literally close your eyes and God does it? 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 says, 6 So we Read more about Walk by faith not by sight…really? Relearning How to Walk.[…]

Language. How ordinary phrases explode with meaning.

I remember when I was younger and was learning to drive.  My dad was riding with me and we would practice in the cemetery.  I can imagine because the thought is you can’t kill anyone there (insert forced and canned laughter). As I became more experienced, we would drive on surface streets to the cemetery and Read more about Language. How ordinary phrases explode with meaning.[…]

Constructing a Gathering that Brings people before God

Its 6:05 on a sunday morning.  The alarm clock starts ringing who could that be singing…its Toby Keith telling me its about that time to shower, change, and head to church. We all fall into routines and for a moment I step back and want to evaluate the objective of these gatherings and learn about Read more about Constructing a Gathering that Brings people before God[…]