From Independence Day to Interdependence

(Logan Mehl-Laituri, Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience, 2012, 239 pages.) This book review is a sponsored post that is part of the Patheos Book Club. One of my heroes is Clarence Jordan (1912-1969). In college, he began to experience cognitive dissonance between his patriotic love of country and his religious beliefs. He had been studying Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and unexpectedly during ROTC calvary practice, Jesus' command to … [Read more...]

How To Project Your Laptop Screen on Your TV

One of the easiest ways to stream content from the Internet on your television, such as Netflix Instant or Hulu+,  is with a Roku Box.With the advice from a few friends, I also figured out how, using a few standard wires (less than $20 total), to watch anything on your laptop screen on your television. You'll have to change the input on your TV to receive from the proper inputs. And, of course, all this set-up is easiest on newer TVs that have more input options.For the video, I used a … [Read more...]

Highlights from Church Planter’s Academy

A while back I had the opportunity to attend a Church Planter's Academy, but I haven't had a chance to post the highlights from my notes until now. Whether you are attempting to form a new faith community or enliven an old one, you will likely find some useful tools and practices below: Opening questions: (1) I come from a people who... (2) I come from a place where... (3) I bring with me... … [Read more...]

Should You Add Your Social Media Skills to Your Résumé?

(John Voelz, Follow You, Follow Me: Why Social Networking Is Essential to Ministry, 2012, 159 pages.) This book review is a sponsored post that is part of the Patheos Book Club. Do ministers need to add their Klout scores to their resumes? Do congregational search committees need to take social media prowess into account when hiring staff? (For the uninitiated, Klout is a fledgling way of measuring your social networking influence compared to other people.)When I attended a recent ministry … [Read more...]

Highlights from Funding the Missional Church

 I recently had the opportunity to attending a conference on Funding the Missional Church. The following are the highlights from my notes on this event:“What Exactly Is ‘Missional’?”Finding God is already present in everyone you meet “out there,” not just bringing God with you. Hands on, instead of writing a check Loving what God loves Doing what Jesus did, incarnational Connecting with the people around you Getting out there and doing something … [Read more...]

Sermon Series Retrospective: The Book of J

The four main original independent sources used to compile the early books of the Bible are called J, E, D, and P. Similar to the “Q Source” used to compose the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, J-E-D-P are each shorthand for the full title scholars have given to these sources. The Book of J, which stands for the “Jahwist.” Normally, we English-speakers would begin spelling YaHWeH with a “Y,” but the landmark scholars who developed this “Documentary Hypothesis” were Germans. I particularly recommend t … [Read more...]