Tag: Culture

  • Stop Throwing People Away

    There is something going on in church culture that I can’t stand. And it’s something I think we really need to change. And it is something we can change right now, in this moment. It’s this. We have a tendency to throw people away because they do or say or write one thing we don’t like. […]

  • Naming Conventions: Cultural and Family Considerations for Naming a Child

    Naming a child is a big deal. Especially since there is a high likelihood they will be stuck with it the rest of their lives. In an ideal situation a person’s name is one of the top three or four things that they build their lifelong identity around. (Gender, faith, culture, to name a few […]

  • Random Acts of Culture

    OK, so this is clearly a staged deal and not a great flash mob. Two things cue you off. 1. The buttons. 2. There have never been that many people in a Macy’s, ever. That said, it’s pretty awesome. That’s taking the good news to the people my friends. I’d like to see them pull […]

  • Firework by Katy Perry

    Gosh, I really love the message of this video. I want to encourage youth workers to watch this video twice. Watch it the first time with your adult glasses on. Get annoyed that there are fireworks shooting out of her chest or two boys kissing or even that a girl strips down and jumps in […]

  • Apocalypse Now – Life and Theology in Haiti

    24 hours into my second trip to Haiti and I started crafting this phrase: Theology and culture always co-mingle. You just hope that theology and culture never conspire against the goals of the church. In America: Theology and culture conspire to destroy the church through our belief in the American Dream and pursuit of happiness. […]

  • The Baby-god Myth, part four

    In part four of this series, I’ll offer some conclusions and solutions for reversing the trend of deifying our children. To catch up on the series, check out part one, two, and three. Where do we go from here? This is the important question. Hopefully you’ve read through this series and reflected on the situation, […]

  • The Baby-god Myth, Part Two

    This is Rex. He’s the king of kings and the lord of lords for most families. Like all babies the moment he popped out changed his parents lives forever. Born shortly before his physical birth are the high expectations for Rex. Not unlike generations past, Rex’s parents have ideals. They’d like to see him grow […]

  • Stick it to the Man

    I want to see church culture change. I know that if we’d just apply what we believe the church would be the most attractive option on the planet. And I also know that in order to change the leadership culture within a church you have to do three things. You have to play along to […]

  • 10 Ways Your Church Can Be Good News to the Neighborhood

    I have a fervent belief that if we want to reach a post-Christian society, we have to be Good News before someone will listen to Good News. Here are 10 ways you can begin transforming your church into a place where Good News flows from: If you have a building, offer a public bathroom and […]