Characteristics of an Ineffective Church

Characteristics of an Ineffective Church 1. A lack of clarity about the mission 2. New Christians are not being made 3. People are not being baptized 4. Evangelism is non-existent 5. Preaching has digressed into self-helps 6. The Bible is not being taught or studied 7. There is no numerical growth 8. There is noContinue reading “Characteristics of an Ineffective Church”

Bricolage One (Starting Over)

 Text: Matthew 7: 1-6 Bricolage has become a wide term that was originally and more narrowly applied in architectural, building and design trades.  The big idea is this; you often don’t have access or can’t afford the materials you wish you had to design or build something.  Bricolage is the creative use of materials alreadyContinue reading “Bricolage One (Starting Over)”

Musings on the Illusion of Control

Musings on the Illusion of Control Couldn’t sleep tonight. Never can on Sundays. Could be I am still jazzed from church. Could be I am too tired to sleep. Could be I start my nightly workouts at 10:00. Could be I had four Diet Cokes for supper. Could be all four. Tonight I was thinkingContinue reading “Musings on the Illusion of Control”

The Soft Light of Humility

Imagine what might happen if the American church stopped trying to defend that of our history which is indefensible? What if we owned our collective sin and humbly asked God and society for forgiveness? And what might happen if we Christians took it to the personal level and asked for forgiveness for our own failure toContinue reading “The Soft Light of Humility”

Musings on Happiness

Musings on Happiness I have been thinking a lot about happiness of late, partially because so many people seem unhappy.  I think that was my first epiphany upon entering the world of Social Media; people are unhappy and there are a lot of them.  Now don’t get me wrong, we all know some people whoContinue reading “Musings on Happiness”

Need Some Hope? (Then Change Your Inputs)

 I have been thinking about hope and how it relates to happiness. In part, because so many people seem…well…miserable. That was my first epiphany upon entering the world of Social Media a few years back ­– people are unhappy, there are a lot of them, and they are happy (pun intended) to post about it.Continue reading “Need Some Hope? (Then Change Your Inputs)”

Musings on Civility in America

I don’t think it is a problem that people in America disagree on things.  In fact, I think that is a good thing.  If everyone in my life agreed with me on everything, I would live unchallenged.  And as good as that initially sounds, it is antithetical to growth as a human being.  I amContinue reading “Musings on Civility in America”

What Kind of Christian am I?

So much is said about Christians and so much is said by Christians these days.  I often read something tweeted or posted by a “Christian” and I think, “I am not that kind of Christian.”  So the other night I spent some time musing the kind of Christian I actually am. Here is what IContinue reading “What Kind of Christian am I?”

Self Awareness (on Social Media)

Here are some quick but poignant thoughts on self awareness (or the lack thereof) from a recent message on Joseph as they apply to Social Media: What many call “other awareness” is a blind side for many people. It represents the potentially serious gap between how we think others see us and how others actually seeContinue reading “Self Awareness (on Social Media)”

Why Do We Struggle to be Open and Honest (about the church)?

Why Do We Struggle to be Open and Honest?   There are many temptations common to a church.  Among the most deadly is the temptation to appease.  Let’s face it, in most church cultures being nice is a much higher core value than being open and honest.  Not so many years ago we had aContinue reading “Why Do We Struggle to be Open and Honest (about the church)?”