Protestant Thoughts on the New Catholic Mass

Not being a Catholic, all of the headlines about the upcoming changes to the Church’s services were a bit of a mystery to me at first. But I’ve since been reading up on the pending adjustments, and in doing so, I’ve learned a little bit more about just how different Catholic Mass is from what [Read More...]

Jesus Needs a Background Check

Free Child Care

As I pulled in to church this morning I saw the sign in this photo across the street in an empty lot. I’m guessing I don’t have to explain why this creeped me out, but just in case… Who offers free child care? Why are they motivated to do this? Are they a cult? Pedophiles? [Read More...]

Considering the options, I’ll take suffering

I write this knowing well that someone older than I am likely will post some snarky comment about how I know nothing about aging. But it’s on my mind and this is my blog…so there. I turn forty this week. For the most part, I think it’s great. I love my life, my family, and [Read More...]

Boat Builders or Jesus Followers? (Video)

First of two keynotes I offered at the Upper Midwest DOC Region’s School for Congregational Learning in Des Moines, Iowa in August, 2011. The title of the message is “Boat Builders or Jesus Followers?” [Read more...]

Meeting Jesus’ Doppelganger

Hollywood has done a lot to tarnish the reputation of Jews in popular culture when it comes to Jesus. Yes, Mel Gibson, I’m looking at you. It was Hitler who, after seeing the famous passion play acted out in Oberammergau in the 1930s who wrote about the fact that the same Jews who cried out [Read More...]

What are your BANNED QUESTIONS about Christians?

I’m working on the proposal for book three in the BANNED QUESTIONS series, BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTIANS, and I need your help. Check out this survey I created to allow anyone to add their own question, and then vote on their favorites. This list will be very influential in helping decide which questions make it [Read More...]

BANNED in Brentwood, MO

The good folks of Brentwood Christian Church (DOC) and National Avenue Christian Church (DOC) in Springfield, MO brought me out in summer 2011 to share a little bit about my own faith story, how the BANNED QUESTIONS book series came about and how I see the books fitting into the current conversations about faith, the [Read More...]

Evangelism, Missional Church & God’s Sense of Humor

A little more than twenty years ago, I walked out of a church for what I was pretty sure would be the last time. For a decade, I held to that assumption, but it turns out that God works, even among us heretics. I’m not going to lean on the whole “everything happens for a [Read More...]


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