5 Ways to Be Good News in Your Neighborhood on Halloween

Christians have a weird history with celebrating Halloween. Not growing up in the church I was appalled when I heard church people refer to it as “Devil’s night” and say things like, “Of course we don’t celebrate Halloween.” It’s as if we’re talking about two different holidays. There’s the one that actually happens and the…… Continue reading 5 Ways to Be Good News in Your Neighborhood on Halloween

Do we live on the same planet?

Sometimes I’ll meet a person in ministry and think, “Do we live on the same planet?”  I’ve got a really solid core group of kids each Wednesday night– I think they have a chance at winning the Bible quizzing championship. Our high school students are very involved in the community. Each year we get together…… Continue reading Do we live on the same planet?

Created to be Good News in the Neighborhood

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to teach at Encounter, the high school ministry of Journey Community Church. Here’s the main idea of my talk: With the canvas of our life God gives us the ability to create a masterpiece with our lives through our good works. Ephesians 2:10 describes believers a God’s masterpiece. [Pause, think…… Continue reading Created to be Good News in the Neighborhood

5 Simple Ways to be Good News This Week

      Photo by Steve Snodgrass via Flickr (Creative Commons)  Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Practically speaking, that means that going to church on Sunday and rocking a Christian bumper sticker isn’t enough. Here…… Continue reading 5 Simple Ways to be Good News This Week

Being Good News

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDt7dNMbLKU Today’s video post is a synopsis of about 10 conversations I’ve had in the last 60 days. All of them get to the question, “Adam, something has changed inside of you. I like it sometimes and I don’t like it sometimes, what is it?” One thing I’ve learned to get comfortable with in the…… Continue reading Being Good News

Nativity, Defined

Nativity – the process whereby someone becomes a native. Christmas is one of the most confusing holiday’s on the planet. It’s half religious and half a celebration of solstice. The secular vs. religious scales have tipped back and forth over millennia. That’s a historically accurate tension. If you are feeling it this year. Welcome. You…… Continue reading Nativity, Defined

The God of My Neighborhood

We want to change the world! We want our church to reach this whole community! God is the God of this city! [The crowd raises to its feet and cheers as the band begins to play…] These are guaranteed anthems to bring a church to its feet. But I’m left wondering if our ecclesiology is…… Continue reading The God of My Neighborhood

10 Ways Your Church Can Be Good News to Public Schools

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. I asked some teachers, “How could a local church be Good News to your public school?” Here are 10 of their ideas. Create a team that participates at…… Continue reading 10 Ways Your Church Can Be Good News to Public Schools

Good News for High School Students

I’m always at odds with this reality: If Jesus offers good news, what is it about how we do youth ministry that is only attractive to 1% – 2% of the high school students on our campus? That always lead same  to a place where I say, “I don’t think we’re doing this right just…… Continue reading Good News for High School Students