Abandoning Willow Creek? Try a Dojo!

In a previous post, I reviewed a book by Co-pastors Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken, of Oak Hills Church in California. They had grown their church using the Willow Creek model of ministry, but found that they were seeing people formed into consumers, not followers of Jesus. So they abandoned the Willow Creek model and […]

Week in Links August 29, 2011

Some interesting articles on my feed reeder this week. Really good stuff out there. The 10 Best Writing Notebooks to Capture Your Creative Thoughts I really like the old pencil and paper method when it comes to things, especially creative acts. I also still use a notebook and a fountain pen when I journal thoughts […]

Abandoning Willow Creek

Several years ago I went through a small crisis. I have been in some type of ministry since I was 19. But the churches I served, be it as a youth pastor, youth & worship pastor, or senior pastor never were big. We didn’t turn into large churches or mega-churches. And I wondered if I […]

Week in Links: August 19, 2011

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks, but here are some interesting reads I’ve clipped recently. Enjoy! 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Gen Y and Work Generation Y’ers have overtaken the job market by storm and they have brought their own agenda with them. They aren’t hard to spot either. You may see […]

Gathering people into congregations by appeasing their appetites and desires

if we have gathered people into congregations by appeasing their appetites and desires, how can we help them deal with the fact that their problems in life and character-even in church”-are primarily caused by living to get what they want? Renovation of the Church: What Happens When a Seeker Church Discovers Spiritual Formation

Coffee bar or the Lord’s table?

One can simply observe those megachurches that look like strip malls and shopping malls, which stand in stark contrast to cruciform cathedrals. But how effective has the movement been in engaging human suffering, including race and class divisions in the church and society? Perhaps the absence of the altar or table at the front of […]

Passing on – a gift

My friend Earl is back again. Earl always has a great perspective on things and is such a positive and blessing person. Earl is into origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Origami started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then […]

Did Jesus preach the Gospel?

Please watch this great talk given by Scot McKnight from the Q Gathering 2010 on the topic, Did Jesus Preach the Gospel?. The most influential piece of literature in the twentieth century was the gospel tract. Why? Because it reduced the gospel to sound bytes and because it has framed how many Christians now understand […]

On being left-handed

My first exposure to someone who openly announced their homosexuality was in college. The editor of the college newspaper wrote an editorial about being gay. He was gay and compared being gay to being left-handed. Being gay was not what the majority of people were (just like being left-handed) and there was nothing he could […]

Week in Links, August 1, 2011

There have been some really interesting discussions and post around the interwebs this week. Here are those that I found most interesting… The NIV and the Southern Baptists Scot McKnight explores the resolution passed at this year’s Southern Baptist Convention regarding the NIV 2011 translation. He says, Southern Baptists have done something that I hope […]