“Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us *more* than the Christ within us.” – A.W. Tozer I am a proponent of the ideal, “We have a never-changing message communicated via ever-changing methods.” Tozer’s quote here should not be interpreted in opposition to this ideal. Paul wrote, “Faith comes from hearing, … Continue reading Worshiptainment

Church. Does it really matter?

"Someone tell me why actual church attendance is needed. What’s wrong with me watching it on tv, my device, etc? I mean, that’s better than nothing, right?" Yes. That’s better than nothing. Most of the time when someone asks the very-common question, "Is going to church all that important?", the response will include a passage … Continue reading Church. Does it really matter?

Pause – And Think About That…

The Hebrew word, "selah," found repeatedly in the Psalms is thought by scholars to be an ancient musical term used in the Hebrew psalter meaning, in essence, "pause and think about that." The following is worth  pausing and thinking about. In the first century, the church had no spot-lights, smoke machines, electric instruments or sound … Continue reading Pause – And Think About That…

Soul Survivor: Surviving Being Hurt by the Church

"One of the seven angels...came and said to me, 'Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."  (Revelation 21:9) In his book, Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church,  Philip Yancey writes, "When someone tells me yet another horror story about the church, I respond, 'Oh, it's worse than that.  … Continue reading Soul Survivor: Surviving Being Hurt by the Church

“Don’t Bring Black People”

Donald Sterling is the owner (for now) of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers. This past week, a recording of a conversation between Sterling and his almost-50-years-younger mistress surfaced, setting news networks, the sports world, and social media ablaze. Sterling has never professed to be a model of morality. But no one expected to hear what … Continue reading “Don’t Bring Black People”

Messy Spirituality (It’s All of Us)

"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:24-25) In his book, Messy Spirituality, Mike Yaconelli reminds us, “all the biblical characters were a complex mix of strengths and weaknesses. David, Abraham, Lot, Saul, Solomon, Rahab, and … Continue reading Messy Spirituality (It’s All of Us)

America’s Crisis of Biblical Illiteracy

[Jesus said to them,] "Your problem is that you don’t know the Scriptures. (Matthew 22:29, nlt) Several years ago, the George Barna Group asked basic doctrinal questions to over 6000 adults representing all major church denominations. What Barna discovered will shock you: • Only 41% believed in the total accuracy of the Bible. • Only … Continue reading America’s Crisis of Biblical Illiteracy