Christian Legalism: A Dead End

In Christianity Sometimes Less is More

In his letter to the Galatian believers, Paul included several powerful and thought-provoking questions for their serious consideration: “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain […]

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2 Reasons NOT to Keep Christ in Christmas

We 'Keep Christ in Christmas' when Jesus' posture of humility shapes our life in the world.

Keep Christ in Christmas is the slogan of choice for many Christians during this time of year. We see the phrase used all over the place – from Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures, to Pinterest links, blog posts and videos. However, while Keep Christ in Christmas is a good way for Jesus-followers to remember and live […]

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The Missing Piece in the Discipleship Puzzle

Moving from the information age to the apprentice stage.

I just finished reading Matthew’s account of the Jesus-story, specifically the last three chapters. I’ve read this section many times before and have been moved in a slightly different way each time. Here are two things that stood out to me during this particular reading. 1. The first was the variety and content of the insults directed towards […]


The Power, Purpose and Place of Church Symbols

Stimulating the Imagination With Thoughts Toward God

In his book, The Pastor, Eugene Peterson highlighted the various stages that went into the construction process of their first church building and how symbol played an important role in the design. For instance, he described how much thought went into the placement of the pulpit, at the center of the building, with the seats all […]

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Learning to Walk in the Darkness with Jesus

There seems to be a contradiction between the avoidance message we're fed and the inclusiveness of Jesus

The idea of removing oneself from the darkness and pain of the world was never a life Jesus entertained. Instead, over and over again in the Gospel accounts we see a Jesus who intentionally immersed himself within the darkness of the world around him and sought to bring the light of God’s love into the […]

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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 sound up.” “There is no artist in history that has painted Jesus singing.” “There is only one singularity that matters […]

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 highlighting 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 of Jesus’ arrival would have believed the primary […]


The Church of Me, Myself and I

Recapturing the beauty of community in an age of individualism.

We know that contemporary Christian faith is being largely defined as a private 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 name of […]


When Christians Engage in a Battle Over Words

Letting Go of the Defend and Conquer Mentality

The problem is simple – the church has developed a defend and conquer mentality, rather than a dialogue and conversation mentality. How do I know this? After years of working within the Church and writing about and for the Church. My perspective is not from someone on the outside, but from the inside. Someone who […]

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Worship is Like Monday Morning

From a Christian perspective, when I say the word ‘worship’ what immediately comes to mind? Music? Singing? Songs? Sunday? Worship teams? Lights? Dark auditoriums? Professional musicians? Set list? Worship practice? By no means is this list exhaustive, but I think it would be safe to assume that when many of us reflect on the term […]