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Reflections on Love

Roses are red, violets are blue, I saw a sticker, that Darwin loves you?

Bumper stickers have always amused me. Some clever, some controversial, some political, some simply helping hold the bumper on the dilapidated car. I was on the way home from church on Sunday, and was “blessed” to see . . . → Read More: Reflections on Love

What Millennials Want

There has been much talk on the internet about what millennials want in churches. The Christian pollster George Barna has done a recent study that is very interesting. A Google search will also reveal many more articles and opinions on this issue.

I think this is a good question to ask, . . . → Read More: What Millennials Want

Creating Wonder, Sharing Joy

First, let me say that I don’t like coffee or even the smell of it. I do like my wife and she likes Starbucks, so by default I often find myself in one. So on a date last night, I found myself in Starbucks.

I was struck with their slogan for . . . → Read More: Creating Wonder, Sharing Joy

Relevance Revisited

I feel compelled to write one more post on relevance as it is such a driving force in our American Christian culture, usually for the negative. I see some trends in today’s evangelical church that are troubling.

Before I begin, I do want to issue a disclaimer: I don’t think we are to . . . → Read More: Relevance Revisited

Uncool is the new “cool”

Last week I read a post that I have been thinking about a lot. It resounded with me and was a great encouragement to me and my wife. The article is “Is Your Church Too Cool?” by Rachel Held Evans.

She had me in the opening paragraphs:

How a pursuit of relevance can undermine . . . → Read More: Uncool is the new “cool”

Secular artists, current styles and worship music

We had Lincoln Brewster on campus last semester and during our lunch conversation, we got off on worship styles. I was asking him about trends he was seeing on the West Coast, and we talked about how worship music is impacted by music of our culture. We also discussed how we typically are stylistically . . . → Read More: Secular artists, current styles and worship music

Sinful to sing hymns?

A story came across the news wires just before the holidays. The Free Church of Scotland has traditionally allowed only a cappella settings of Psalms for congregational use. This has been the policy for the last 110 years. A vote in late November saw the church narrowly pass (98 to 84) a change in . . . → Read More: Sinful to sing hymns?

I Don’t Like Your Christians

I saw a bumper sticker last week that I have been pondering. It read like this:

I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

This bothered me on a couple of levels as I thought about it. On one level, I sought to discredit the . . . → Read More: I Don’t Like Your Christians