Advent Apologetics Day #1 – What’s it All About?

What is Advent? Advent is the four-week period beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) through the following three Sundays. Historians estimate that Advent has been celebrated since the fourth century. The period originally began as a time for converts to Christianity to prepare for baptism, but […]

What’s So Wrong with Calling the Church to End its Temple-ish Behavior?

*This is an updated post from March 2015* “The “temple model grants extraordinary power to sacred men in sacred places who determine the meaning of sacred texts.” (sarcasm) Andy Stanley The megachurch pastor was passionate about taking the Church back to what he feels Jesus called it to be, or better yet forward to what […]

5 Ways to Topple a Church Regime

1. Obliterate and repent of all semblances of an ecclesiastical caste system. Any distinction, either by action or thought which conveys that there is a clergy class and a laity class must be questioned, challenged, disturbed, provoked, captured, and killed. If this sounds too violent, revolutionary, or subversive, then consider it more like a mercy killing, an assisted […]

How exactly, are we supposed to be ‘led by the Spirit’ in Missions?

The idea of ‘being ‘led by the Spirit,’ is often touted and dropped in cliche-esque fashion into Christian conversations. It’s use by others (“You need to be led by the Spirit”), tries to invoke an “ah ha” moment, as if by saying it, the receiver says, “Oh yes, that’s it, that’s the key to everything, ‘being led by […]

The 'SHUT YOUR MOUTH' Church Pew

Today, I was tasked to teach on the role, function, and characteristics of Pastors in this church era.  We discussed various Old Testament passages like Jeremiah 3:15,  Jeremiah 10:21,  Jeremiah 12:10, and  Jeremiah 22:22.  We asked the questions like; “What provoked God to promise to give the people good pastors? What was wrong with the ones […]

In Him we LIVE and MOVE and 'HAVE' our BEING.

Sitting around chanting “Kumbaya” while passing existential weed wrapped in bible paper is apparently how some think the church should “be.” In essence, the thought is that Christians should be “doing” less and “being” more. It sort of a self deafeating proposition when you think about it. Encouraging others to simply “be,” requires action, or at […]

UX vs. UI In The Modern Church

I’ll have to admit that I’ve been a little slow on the uptake.  I’ve just noticed that many tech companies, web designers, and even social media outlets have stopped using the designation UI (User Interface) and switched to UX (User Experience).  While they’re still debating, or defining those terms and how they apply to their […]

Tune My Heart To Sing Thy Grace

In 1757, at the age of 22, Robert Robinson penned the words “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.  They are as follows: 1. Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming […]

Grape Juice Drops and Cracker Crumbs Lord's Supper?

There is a resurgence of late that suggests that the Lord’s Supper should be a full meal with fellowship and celebration. As many friends and families gather together to today in the United States to celebrate the 4th of July, have barbecues, and perhaps watch a few fireworks, I wanted to ask what your thoughts […]