Culture is made up of people, places, and things. But it includes movements (and their demise), boundaries (and their destruction), and the great big story of what God is doing all around us.

The Kind of Old-Time Religion the Church Really Needs

I’m writing this article to a generation that might never have heard the old song, Old Time Religion (so I included a clip from an old movie, Sergeant York, for you). I grew up in an old-fashioned church. We had an old building, built in 1833, and an old cemetery with civil war era headstones. We...
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5 Things That Are Not So Wrong with the Church

Because of my role as an Editor and Online Community Facilitator, I’m exposed to a very wide variety of thinking within the modern church. I read blogs by the reformed, the missional, the fundamental, the emerging, the evangelical, and the conservative points of view. I read books about theology, church growth, business, leadership, culture, and...
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13 Christian Gift Ideas from the Christian Gift Store

Where would our society be without Christian gift stores? They used to be called bookstores, but the real revenue is in the gifts, the trinkets, and the $5 upsells at the register. By not shopping in regular gift stores, this industry helps us change the world and stuff. I used to work in a pretty great...
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It’s Getting Crazy for Pastors and Politics

I’m a Pastor. It’s my calling. It’s my privilege. The word “pastor” is an old word that means shepherd, from the Greek, poimen. My role is to do two things: lead the flock, spiritually and directionally, as we communally obey Jesus’ Great Commission and Great Commandment; and feed the flock, offering spiritual nourishment and protection from false belief...
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Science: One More Thing You Don’t Have to Fear

I believe in God. And I believe in science. I believe what the Bible says about creation. And I believe in what science reveals about nature. Good science and good faith are consistent with each other and co-exist peacefully. In our current cultural conundrum, we seem to be fighting over evolution and climate change the...
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Am I a Muslim Lover? Oh, I Do Hope So!

In addition to being a church planter and pastor, I’m also an editor and an online community facilitator for a global ministry to pastors and church leaders. So I often have to deal with hateful comments on the Facebook pages I help to manage. It’s sad, really. The comments don’t come from Muslims or atheists....
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