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.…… Continue reading Apocalypse Now – Life and Theology in Haiti

Ministry Beyond Behavior Modification

How do you know if Jesus is changing a person’s life? How do you know if “your seeds” have landed in “fertile soil?” How do you know if the faith a high school student exhibits will stick into college and beyond? How do you know if a student is ready to be a student leader?…… Continue reading Ministry Beyond Behavior Modification

The Bible is Dangerous, But are You?

This message by Francis Chan will mess with you. A trip to a third world country, in my case Haiti, will show you just how much syncretism we practice in America. Here are some of the gods we mix with our faith. – The safety god – The comfort god – The performance god -…… Continue reading The Bible is Dangerous, But are You?

Affirm One Another in Christ

We live in divided times. In particular, those of us who love Jesus are more divided than ever. A trip to the “church” section of the yellow pages or Google is heart-breaking. The church is polarized today. This is contrary, of course, to what the Bible teaches. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor…… Continue reading Affirm One Another in Christ

Do Ministry Leaders Need a Social Media Presence?

Seth Godin answers his own question: What is the reason social media is so difficult for most organizations? It’s a process and not an event. Events are easier to manage, pay for and get excited about. Processes build results for the long haul. link Why do pastors and other church leaders need a social media…… Continue reading Do Ministry Leaders Need a Social Media Presence?

New TJOSM Article Coming Soon

I have an article in the upcoming Winter 2009 edition of The Journal of Student Ministries. As you can tell by the title, the article discusses the convergence of social media and theology. I’m stoked about how the article turned out. It’s such an important topic! I’m also excited to publish my first article in…… Continue reading New TJOSM Article Coming Soon

Things I’m thinking about today

Ever just have a hodgepodge of slush in your mind? Here’s some random thoughts this morning. – While I still think of myself as a down-the-middle, maybe even conservative evangelical Christian… I’m finding myself tired of the grey haired leaders. – As much as I’d like to say I agree with the complimentarian position of…… Continue reading Things I’m thinking about today

Rock that Quirky Church

I think some of my harsh criticisms of the evangelical church come from a love of our church. The mission of Harbor Mid-City is one that is quirky by design. We have a hyper-qualified staff brought together despite significant theological difference who lean into that tension for the sake of the Gospel in the neighborhood.…… Continue reading Rock that Quirky Church

The injustice of grace

Have you ever thought about what Jesus did and thought, “eh?” I’ve been having this thought lately and I just can’t shake it: It’s a complete injustice that I experience grace. First of all, I need to be clear what I mean by grace since there are several definitions for this word… even the Bible…… Continue reading The injustice of grace