Learning to Walk in the Darkness with Jesus

Letting Go of the Message of Avoidance to Capture Jesus' Message of Embrace

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

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 […]


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 […]


A King and His Kingdom

Relearning the Story of Jesus From the Ground Up

Sometimes, in order to learn about something, we have to (un)learn some or all of the things we thought we knew about that something first. In our pursuit of Jesus, sometimes we have to (un)learn what we thought we knew about Jesus, in order to (re)learn about the real Jesus that lay behind our presuppositions, […]