Why youth ministry can’t just become family ministry

There’s a growing movement within the American church that puts youth ministry under the umbrella of family ministry. There are youth ministry organizations, publishers, conferences, and lots and lots of people highly interested in this model. To over-simplify: The idea is that youth ministry should be an extension of the over all family ministry of…… Continue reading Why youth ministry can’t just become family ministry

Making the Bible Accessible

“The Bible isn’t for people outside of the church to understand. So it isn’t your place to make the Gospel accessible.” That may be the dumbest quote I’ve ever heard in relation to using sound missiological principles to reach a dead and dying people group. And yet, this quote apparently came from the mouths of…… Continue reading Making the Bible Accessible

C.S. Lewis is to Christians What…

C.S. Lewis is to Christians what McDonalds is to American children. C.S. Lewis is to Christians what beer pong is to college students. C.S. Lewis is to Christians what Dave Ramsey is to those who suck with money. I first heard of C.S. Lewis in 6th grade. Lori, the girl who sat behind me and…… Continue reading C.S. Lewis is to Christians What…

Picky, Picky

Apparently contentment is not a Christian virtue anymore. If you hang out with Christians for any length of time, you’d think pickiness is a requirement of the faith. “I really wasn’t into the message on Sunday. I mean, 95% of it was cool… but he said something about fathers I didn’t agree with. So I tuned…… Continue reading Picky, Picky

Church vs. Government

Have you noticed that a lot of Christians are exhibiting a hatred for our government? I just don’t get it. For those who are mad about the latest government program… (yesterday it was social security, today it is health care, tomorrow it will be something else.) Just some friendly reminders Anger isn’t the answer, it…… Continue reading Church vs. Government

The Goal of the Staffless Church

Which came first? The staff who ran the programs or the programs which required the hiring of staff? No offense to my friends who work at churches– but I wonder if their goal is to secure a job for life or to work themselves out of a job as quickly as possible? When I read…… Continue reading The Goal of the Staffless Church

So, you want to be great?

“I aspire greatness with my life.” When I say that, almost universally people’s head will cock just a little bit to the side. American society, especially American Christian society, is so self-deprecating that you almost never hear a grown man say that. The truth is I am shocked how few people aspire greatness with their…… Continue reading So, you want to be great?