Picture an amazing movie trailer. Heavy music, intense fight scenes, passionate kisses, A-list actors flashed across the screen, and that last tease that gives you goosebumps. So you save your money or steal some to get a ticket, buy some popcorn with butter-juice, plop down in a sticky seat, and you watch...the trailer again. One-and-a-half … Continue reading Seeker-Friendly vs. Seeker-Oriented
With so many churches eating their own feet, it's nice to personally experience one doing it right. It's a simple story, but I decided to share it with you all so that you can get a good picture of how church is supposed to be. My wife recently had our first son. The church got … Continue reading A Great Example of How to Church
As a Christian, I have insider access to other Christians and I have to say, Christians are a weird species. We have to make our own everything. Christian music, Christian coffee, Christian mints (I'm not joking), but I may have found the strangest one: Christian Halloween. Trunk-or-Treat as it's commonly called, is when Christians gather … Continue reading Christians: Is Trunk-Or-Treat a Terrible Idea?
The house looks like Abe Lincoln's death trap. A little log cabin where every log, rod, and stick has been fashioned to a razor point, like a wooden porcupine, laced with flecks of something black and silver. Even the sidewalk is covered in wooden nails jutting out at every angle so that there's only one … Continue reading L.A.W.S. A Thinly-Veiled Metaphor for Bad Government
This is one of those stories you're glad happened to somebody else. My friends Dustin and Kim recently put a picture up on Facebook of their 3-year-old spreading smooshed banana all over their giant flat-screen TV. Fortunately, Daddy was at work and had 6 hours to cool down, that way there wasn't smooshed 3-year-old all … Continue reading Bananas, TV, and Parenting
I used to ignore it when a GLBT person would say "God loves me anyway." After all, what did they really care about God? They were just saying that to get the Christians off their backs. And for many, this is still true. But then I started to see another demographic: those in the GLBT … Continue reading Queer AND Christian?
There was something a little different at our church the other day: a saxophone player. We don't get horns very often, but this time, it was only the sax. The worship pastor let him do a lilting little solo during the bridge of one song and otherwise he just played along and y'all...can I just … Continue reading Why I Quit Saxophone (Not Cuz I Suck)
A reader graciously commented on my post least week (they ripped it. It was brutal.) about how Christians are leaving the church. They said, "just because someone leaves a church doesn't mean they aren't Christian." Perhaps I should have said leaving the faith, or leaving Christianity in general, not just church. That's what I meant. However, … Continue reading Does No Church equal No Christ?
Let's start with the obvious: Christianity is in decline. Back in the (ambiguous) day, it could easily be assumed that every "civilized" person was a Christian. Now, we're quite aware that just because someone has electricity and a nice suit does not make them a follower of God. These days, increasingly popular to have no … Continue reading Christians are Leaving the Church and that’s Okay!
My wife leads the four-year-olds at our church and witnessed the following darkly hilarious look at Christian debate. During a review segment, the kids were asked to guess who "this person" was. The prompt was, "I created the whole world in one week." One little boy immediately answered, "God!" A second boy chimed in, "Jesus!" … Continue reading Christian Debate in Five Seconds (Starring Children)