The Missional Diagnostic Question

Advocates of “missional” church have been attempting to reframe how we think about church, specifically, and what “mission” means for each of us, more generally. There are a couple of short answers to those questions, as the “missional” movement has framed it. Perhaps most importantly, they want to stress that it is God who is […]

Liturgy for Peace

I continue to wrestle with how we as Christian people might respond with wisdom, compassion, and integrity to the world at war (and otherwise lacking peace). The combination of rightly identifying God as a God of peace, of crying out to God to make that character known in the real world, and of confessing our […]

Creating Space

Blosphere confessional: I rant here sometimes. More than that, some might say that I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder about a couple issues that come around regularly. To the point: I can be downright confrontational about the fact that the Bible is not inerrant or that the world as we know […]

There Is No They

There is no they, only us. I got a reminder of this today, an uncomfortable reminder that I probably needed to hear. There is no “they.” This is what I told the guy at the hardware store. More specifically, I told him, “YOU ARE True Value.” I bought a hose storage unit at my local […]

Birth is Easier than Resurrection

Given the choice, I’d rather plant a new church than attempt to revitalize an old one. Of course, no one’s giving me the choice, so what’s it matter? But my thinking is this: it’s much easier to give birth to something new than to raise something old from the dead. I know, I know–church planters […]