Three Faith Viruses to Watch

There are three theological viruses floating around these days that concern me. My concerns are two-fold: 1) They have wide appeal 2) I can see why they have wide appeal. The first virus is the idea that God exists for us. God’s function is to make us happy, give us what we want and makeContinue reading “Three Faith Viruses to Watch”

I Was Thinking About Mortality Today…

I was thinking about mortality today. Not morbidity. Just mortality. I am 55. Seems shocking just to read. It’s really a pretty good age. Oldish but not old. Balding but not bald. Slowing but not slowed. That kind of stuff. My best friend from high school died this year. No warning. Just working out andContinue reading “I Was Thinking About Mortality Today…”

Why I Really, Really, Really Like Millennials

We do an effective job at reaching Millennials at Christ Church.  We don’t do as effective a job as the churches designed to do nothing but reach Millennials but we do pretty well.  We are committed to being a multi-generational and racially diverse congregation and we are finding that many Millennials like that just fine. Continue reading “Why I Really, Really, Really Like Millennials”

Supporting Leaders (And Leading Supporters)

Can’t sleep tonight.  It happens.  Not very much but it happens. Praying for Christian leaders. My heart is heavy. Leadership circa 2020 is SO difficult. Pandemic. Churches closed. Cultural upheaval. Election cycle. Throw the devil (yes, I believe in such stuff) into the mix and the task can seem overwhelming. I know some great leadersContinue reading “Supporting Leaders (And Leading Supporters)”

The American Ideal of Freedom

America is a place but it is just as importantly an idea. A really noble idea. Freedom. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” -Thomas Jefferson WhenContinue reading “The American Ideal of Freedom”

You Can’t Avoid Leadership Stress (so manage it)

Some years ago (when I was still “young-ish” and in my early forties) my health was in a rapidly declining state.  Christ Church was moving from 400 in worship each weekend toward 750 and it was literally killing me.  Our staff was a dysfunctional mess, the congregation was kicking and screaming and I was doingContinue reading “You Can’t Avoid Leadership Stress (so manage it)”

What Is A “Tween” and Why Should They Matter To Your Church? (by Amanda Cates)

What Is A “Tween” and Why Should They Matter To Your Church? It’s a Sunday morning and I couldn’t wait to get to work! I knew that all my elementary kids were going to love the Large Group set we designed for the month, and that we had finally found worship music that would engageContinue reading “What Is A “Tween” and Why Should They Matter To Your Church? (by Amanda Cates)”

Choosing Peace

Choosing Peace That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring greatContinue reading “Choosing Peace”

Seven Things EVERY Church Needs EVERY December

Regardless of your context or size, your church is going to need these things in December! 1. Encouragement At Christ Church, Christmas involves about 10 times the time, energy and effort of Easter. There are lots of extra services, staff is pushed hard and everyone is under time pressure. A little encouragement goes a longContinue reading “Seven Things EVERY Church Needs EVERY December”

What I See Coming for the American Church

We all know that our world not only has changed and is changing but we are beginning to realize that our world is change. You see, change is no longer the obstacle around which the fish swims, it is the water itself. Many years ago, a wise mentor named Dr. Roderick McLean taught me toContinue reading “What I See Coming for the American Church”