New G+ Community on Social Media and the Church

Yes, smarty-pants, I said Google+. While I know that many church folks (at least in my circle) have not rushed over to google+, too many people whom I trust are saying G+ the place that will still be standing at the end of the day. I have been using G+ a little more over the [Read More…]

Who Should Lead Your Church’s Social Media Ministry

I hear it all the time when church folks offer social media advice to one another, Get one of the youth to run the church’s social media ministry. I get it. Those of us who trend a little older have it emblazoned across our foreheads – no thanks to many of the cultural narratives – [Read More…]

Why this Presbyterian Signed An Open Letter from the Asian American Community to the Evangelical Church

Others who have since blogged about the letter: Angry Asian Man, Kathy Khang, Rachel Held Evans, Elder,J, rethinkxian, Dora, AsAm News, Evangelical Covenant Church, NPR Codeswitch and The Christian Post — Please let me know if you know of others and I’ll update this list. And if you are seeing this for the first time, be sure to check out, The Open [Read More…]

Top 25 Social Media Platforms for Use in Church and Ministry

Holy moley there are a ton of social media sites out there! Seriously, how the heck can anyone keep up with them all? After all, some of you church types have to do things like visit people in the hospital, prepare sermons, fix toilets and maybe, just maybe have a social/family life. Slackers This is [Read More…]

I am still emergence

After the recent Emergence Christianity Gathering in Memphis, there have been some interesting responses about Phyllis Tickle’s presentation, the future of the emergent church, the response to privilege, etc. As I have skimmed the blogs, I have seen feisty conversations with some valid critiques and, for the most part, respectful interaction. Whether invested in the emergent church conversation or not, [Read More…]

Emerging in Memphis with Phyllis Tickle

For the next few days I will be hanging out with some folk who like to fancy ourselves thought leaders within the realm of the Christian faith. Oh who are we kidding . . . most of us are just huge fans of Phyllis Tickle and smart-assery. There will be skinny jeans, tattoos, ironic eye-wear, [Read More…]

Ten Questions to Ask When Seeking Sermon Feedback

This post was reposted from my column on www.WorkingPreacher.com. A few weeks ago I had the privilege of preaching at the congregation where my family and I currently worship. Unlike when I guest preach in other locations, where I can pose big-picture questions and take on general church issues, this church is one where I know the context and [Read More…]

Election 2012, What Presbyterians Should Care About – Norb Kumagai

As part of the ongoing Patheos 2012 election coverage and commentary, I am opening up my blog for Presbyterians to answer this week’s question, “What are the key issues at stake in this election for people of your tradition?” I gave no guidance other than to keep it under 500 words and to avoid bashing and dehumanizing [Read More…]

What the Body of Christ Can Learn From Fantasy Sports

A few months ago my family and I were out at some pizza joint and there was a baseball game on the TV. Being San Francisco, the Giants were playing someone and up stepped catcher, Buster Posey. Now for those who now me, I am not simply a huge baseball and Oakland Athletics fan, but [Read More…]

The Church’s Doomed Pursuit of the Elusive Young Adult

It seems that everywhere you look today, “the church,” especially within historic traditions, is talking about reaching that ever-elusive young adult demographic.  Sometimes it feels like we are on some National Geographic safari trying to observe and conserve some rare creature, but all-in-all I think it’s a great endeavor and worth the effort. At the same time, I [Read More…]