How To Fix The Church

Let’s talk about fixing the church. One thing I learned, years ago, from leaving and returning to the church body, is that every problem doesn’t need my opinion in order to be fixed. If I have to manipulate my will into the church, even if I believe what I’m doing is right, then I’m trying to take the wheel from Christ and steer the church by my standards. There’s a valuable lesson in this: If God wants me to change something in the church, He will give me every tool, influence, and ability to do so with gentleness. Otherwise, if I do not have those things, it doesn’t get my attention. Most of the problems people get so upset about …

Should Christians Be Door Mats?

Many Christians love the idea of Christianity but not the act of personal sacrifice in love to others. They like to talk about sacrifice every Sunday and celebrate the sacrifice Christ made for us. They talk about how important it is to love our neighbors and to give away the love Christ so freely gives to us. But, for so many, talk is where living the life of Christ stops. Loving People Is Hard Loving people is hard, otherwise, it wouldn’t be called sacrifice. To truly love someone, as Christ loves us, means we actually love them the way Christ demonstrates His love for us. It will require us to put our time and resources into the process. It requires …

Relationships: Why They Are The Most Neglected But Important Resource In The Church

Most of the time when someone feels disconnected, disappointed or discouraged in the church those emotions can be traced back to a lack of relationship with others in the church. Relationships help us to bend and work together when times seem tough but they also strengthen the church body in such a way that when working together they provide shelter for others in the storms of their lives.

A Few Of My Favorite Christian Resources

A Few weeks back I promised a few people I would put together a list of some resources I have found incredibly helpful in understanding scripture, suffering, and our responsibilities as Christ followers.

This in no way is a complete list but it is a few of my favorites. If you have any resources that have been helpful to you please feel free to share those in the comments below.

Guilt vs. Shame and why every Christian should know the difference

[prompt type=”left” title=”Cliff Notes Version!” message=”For the short bullet point version of this post click the button to the right.” button_text=”Click Here!” href=”#bpoints”] And now, little children, abide in him, so that when He appears we may have confidence and not shrink from Him in shame at His coming. – 1 John 2:28 ESV The most destructive aspect of sin is not simply the act of sin itself but often the shame that accompanies it. Shame entices us to believe that we have not just failed but are in fact failures. It calls to us to accept we are loved but not fully loved and that even in the smallest of ways we must fix ourselves in order to be made whole. Our …

3 Easter Sunday Failures That Guarantee Visitors Never Come Back To Your Church

[prompt type=”left” title=”Cliff Notes Version!” message=”For the short bullet point version of this post click the button to the right.” button_text=”Click Here!” href=”#bpoints”] Easter is just a few days away and church organizations all over are finishing up their final preparations for what could be described as the Super Bowl of church services. People from all over our communities will show up for services, cookouts, and easter egg hunts… and then just as quickly as they arrived, the majority will never be seen again, until perhaps next year. The majority of us know this but what do we do about it? I don’t think the answer is in better services, music or sermons. It’s not in a community easter egg …

When Your Ideas For The Church Become a Problem

[prompt type=”left” title=”Cliff Notes Version!” message=”For the short bullet point version of this post click the button to the right.” button_text=”Click Here!” href=”#bpoints”] We all have ideas. And, if you are like me when you are smack in the middle of having an idea you have this euphoric feeling that it’s the best idea ever known to man… Sliced bread, move on over ‘cause there’s a new sheriff in town. You get gitty with excitement and start planning all the needs and scenarios. Then it’s off to do the hard work of bringing it into reality. Any idea worth its salt requires sweat equity and hard work. So, if you deem the idea “good enough” and worth the investment of …

Doubts Series | Will The Church Ever Change?

  Will the church ever change is a question I find at the root of many Christians struggling to find hope and meaning in a church that often appears void of either. Doubts Series Today, I’m launching a new series that explores these doubts, along with others, that many people have with the church and Christianity in general. This will not be a church bashing series, so don’t get worried but we will explore some topics that may stir up deep held emotions. This is ok. It’s part of the healing process that not only rebuilds our hope but also brings along the creativity and persistence that change is built from. The Church Paradox My goal is to hopefully bring …

What You Do Matters

What you do matters. Taking the time to appreciate and reflect on the work of your hands is something I think we, all too often, forget to do. Whenever I finish a new project and all the dust has settled, I have this habit of staring at my finished work while saying nothing at all. My wife pokes fun at me about it because of how often she finds me doing it. It’s almost like a ritual for me. Bringing Ideas Into The Light A project is not fully finished until I take the time to stand in silence, looking it over and taking in what I have just completed. I find myself going through all the steps I took …