Are Churches Replacing Presence with Atmosphere?

I read this question in my Twitter feed a few days ago and knew the person was on to something. “Churches are replacing presence with atmosphere. True? I think so.” I have to agree – contemporary church gatherings have become very good at creating atmosphere and packaging it as presence. Contemporary churches have become good at creating atmosphere and packaging […]

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A Conversation with Leonard Sweet on the Future of the Church

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A Few of my Favorite Quotes From the Interview “Jesus is already in our future and he is inviting us to join him in what he’s already doing there.” “You grow a soul from the ground up.” “There is no artist in history that has painted Jesus singing.” “There is only one singularity that matters […]

Entertainment Fatigue: Why People Are Growing Tired of the Church’s Glitzy Stage

When a local church creates and perpetuates a culture of entertainment in an attempt to build a congregation, it will only be a matter of time before they begin to experience the negative consequences that emphasis will bring. Over the past number of years I have observed that when a church centers their congregational structure […]

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Searching for Sunday

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans embarks on a quest to find out what it really means to be part of the Church.

Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn’t want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals—church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.

Centered around seven sacraments, Evans’ quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest.

A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.

Blinded by Expectations: When Our Picture of Jesus Meets the Real Thing

Throughout the Gospel accounts to the first chapter of Acts, we are confronted with story after story that highlights the dilemma that erupted when cultural expectations surrounding the Messianic identity of Jesus met with the real thing. The vast majority of people living in Israel at the time would have believed the primary identity of […]

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The Church of Me, Myself and I

We know that contemporary Christian faith is being largely defined as a private and personal affair when, in the name of setting a mood and atmosphere for worship, we make our gathering places so dark that we can barely see those sitting next to us, let alone those on the other side of the room, all in the […]

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Not Everything in the Bible is Biblical

For so many of us, the Bible has become little more than a book of spiritual formulas and incantations that, if applied properly, will enable us to find success, happiness, wealth and personal satisfaction. From sermons to blog posts, it seems we are constantly inundated with ‘three points for this’ and ‘five ways for that’ […]

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God is Waiting on the Outside: Moving Beyond our Theological Boundaries in Pursuit of Jesus

When we have our lives oriented on religious identity instead of in Jesus alone, we encounter a massive obstacle in our path. – Benjamin L. Corey, Undiluted. One of the biggest challenges we will ever face in life will come when we’re forced to re-examine something we believe in. In particular, a belief we’ve held […]

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