Part II: The Mission of the Church

Part II: The Mission of the Church

Last week, I asked the question: is the church obsolete? If you didn’t read it, I hope you can deduce from my previous posts that I don’t think the church is obsolete. But there is a big gap for some churches in their ability to reach people in 2018 while faithfully...
Is the Church Obsolete? Part I

Is the Church Obsolete? Part I

Have you ever heard someone say any of the following, “I don’t go to church because I wouldn’t be accepted there”? Or perhaps, “Why would I join the church? They are basically just a country club for the religious!” Maybe you have said, “I tried out church, went a few...
Preaching #MeToo

Preaching #MeToo

ChristianityToday released an article this week entitled, “The #MeToo Movement Has Educated Pastors. And Left Them With More Questions.” It’s an interesting read into the problems of the church today, particularly in a time and place where many accusations have come...
Life in Community

Life in Community

My family lives in a community that is considered exurban. Exurban has little of the “suburban” amenities of community. Most of the people live life in the city, and merely sleep at home—a bedroom community in the truest sense. Community is at a premium....
I’m Sorry

I’m Sorry

After a tragedy, like the death of Pastor Andrew Stoecklein, I am struck with grief. I grieve for his family, his church, and that another life was taken by the crippling power of depression and anxiety. I also grieve for the church. In the wake of tragedy, it is the...
The local church isn’t the hope of the world…

The local church isn’t the hope of the world…

The local church isn’t the hope of the world…Jesus is. In the wake of one of the largest church and organizational scandals in recent years, I find myself saddened, heartbroken, and yet strangely hopeful. I don’t go to Willow Creek, I don’t know the Hybels personally,...