Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." This is my feeble attempt at examining my life.

On Discipleship

On Discipleship

I had a conversation with a friend the other day about what it’s like to do church planting. He asked me two questions. The first one was, “What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned church planting?”

What a great question. I didn’t even have to hesitate to answer. The biggest thing I’ve learned church planting is that church programs may be the biggest problem we face in the American church.

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Easter Sermon

The people of God rejected God as their King (1 Sam 8). Jesus, the God-Man served, loved, and reigns (Phil 2:5-11), He is the King of Kings (Rev 1:4-8). The resurrection calls us to live today to serve the King.Continue Reading

Grace Not Shame

Grace Not Shame

Good Friday is here. It’s a solemn and sad day. It’s a day that we must confront the reality of our sin. It is the day on the Christian calendar that we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. Crucifixion is ugly. Crucifixion is what happens when you threaten the Empire to its very core. Crucifixion is…Continue Reading

Betrayal, Everyday

Betrayal, Everyday

Maundy Thursday is one of those days on the Christian calendar that is a little overlooked but has great meaning. Part of the reason it’s overlooked is the name is weird. It is on this day that we remember the washing of the disciples feet (maundy) and the last supper. During the last supper and…Continue Reading

The Greatest Problem

The Greatest Problem

Nearly every week I gather around a table with people at the local pub for something called, Doubt on Tap. We drink great beer and have conversations about the things that matter. Last night, we discussed a quote by Robert Reich, The moral crisis of our age has nothing to do with gay marriage or…Continue Reading

The Religious Elite

The Religious Elite

I posed a question yesterday on the Facebook: I wonder what would happen if we took holy week to critique the religious leadership structures in the Church every year? It received some gentle push back and critique. This is one of the things I love about Facebook. I have a tremendous community of people who…Continue Reading

Moving Mom In

Moving Mom In

Tomorrow we move my mom into our home for a season. Thankfully, it’s a choice we’ve all made and not one that is necessitated by external circumstance. The response to this has ranged from, “That’s awesome!” to “Wow, I could never do that.” to “Hmm…good luck with that.” What’s interesting is that it never, not…Continue Reading

Pastor, It’s Not About You

Pastor, It’s Not About You

Have you ever experienced that moment where you know that you’ve made it all about you? I feel like that happens to me all the time. When I think about being a pastor I am faced over and over again with the reality that this danger exists, constantly. There may be no more dangerous enemy¬†for…Continue Reading