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 …

Out Of The Dark: Finding Hope In the Silence

As I sit here this morning I can’t get around the erroneous feeling that I have absolutely nothing to say. I have found myself in this situation from time-to-time. Most writers refer to this as the dreaded “writer’s block”. I suppose over time I’ve come to appreciate the process writer’s block brings. It forces me to dig deeper inside myself to find answers and at other times to just relinquish myself to being silent. It forces me to search harder for God in the silence by not cluttering my search with words. Being Still Is Ok It reminds me it’s ok to be still and wait. Everything around us moves so fast and we live in a culture where we …

12 Stones: It’s Easy To Forget The Heart of God

I’ll go ahead and admit it. I’m forgetful. My wife, Lindsay, on the other hand, has a memory so good she should wear a ballcap that has blinking LED’s and a Wester Digital logo on it (only you computer geeks will understand this joke). It seems like she always remembers the important stuff. Like people’s names, birthdays, special occasions and what day of the week any random, upcoming, date falls on. Me, not so much. What Did I Just Forget? I’ve always wanted to be great at remembering names and such but what I have found is unless I write it down or mentally insert it into some scenario, I have a 76.32% chance of entirely forgetting. While I’m hard …

Real Talk: Does Going To Church Service Really Matter?

So, does going to church service really matter? In a roundabout way, I see this topic come up quite often. I’ve even asked myself the same question a few times. But, I always come back to a few key points that help “clear the water” on this topic. I’d like to share those with you today. 1. Church Service Is About Much More Than “Service-ey Stuff” The first few things that come to mind when most people think of “church service” are getting out of bed early on Sunday mornings, worship music, preaching, offering and then lunch. Generally in that order. While these are all things that happen during a Sunday service they are not really what’s important. Before you …

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Authenticity in the Church

Today I want to talk to you about Authenticity in the church. For those of you who prefer old fashioned reading over videos, the text to the video is below: Authenticity In The Church This is a cry for authenticity in the church. It is a cry for honesty and authenticity to become more important than rituals and religious programs. It is a call for the church to rediscover the importance and sanctity of being genuine. The church has to be willing to show her brokenness but also the grace that accompanies it. She must relearn to cry with the broken, break for the poor, feed the hungry and most of all remember how to listen. The church always has something …

Everything Changes

Being a pastor’s kid as a child I became very accustomed to moving around and in turn that meant becoming accustomed to change; because everything changes, especially when you’re a pastor’s kid. Change meant new schools, new friends, new church, and a new house with a new bedroom. Most of the time the new house was really just an old run-down parsonage that the local church body thought was God’s gift to the pastor and his family. Save Us From The Parsonage I saw them more as a mediocre, human-sized dog houses conveniently located close enough to the church building that the local church trouble-makers could show up at all hours and spew their stale coffee scented venom whenever they …

How To Be A Christian Returning To The Church

“We can never work with a lie but we can always work with the truth” That’s something my Dad used to tell me when I was younger. This old sage wisdom generally surfaced from its heart dwelling cavern any time the temptation to lie to myself, or others, would come up. Like any kid that age, the temptation to dust over the truth of a situation, especially when I was in the wrong, was a periodic thorn that presented itself as a means to avoid potential hurt. It offered the chance of postponing consequences with the hope that those consequences never appeared in the first place. Something so small as a lie could, at the moment, offer so much freedom. …