My Visit with Eric Elnes on Darkwood Brew

I really enjoyed getting to take part in the worldwide Darkwood Brew worship service yesterday with author and pastor Eric Elnes. We talked about my personal faith experience, Banned Questions About Jesus and the Bible.Aside from our chat, it’s a really cool way to see yet another expression of religious community. Check out the episode [Read More...]

Worship, Evangelism and “Earning the Right” to Invite

Those of us who are involved in church are well-trained to invite people to worship. We find ways to bring up in conversation how great our music is, how compelling the sermons are and how children are involved in our ministry. Part of this is driven by the desire to grow the church, but there’s [Read More...]

Re-Membering: the Heart of the Gospel

One of my favorite things about being part of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) community is that we observe communion every time we participate in worship. I know for some the frequency poses the risk of draining the ritual of its significance. But for me, it’s my favorite moment, pretty much every time. There [Read More...]

Christians, Take Up Your Mats and Walk

There’s an old joke that speaks directly to one of the biggest issues holding back Churches these days: How many Christians does it take to screw in a light bulb? Change? Who said anything about change?!?! I get asked to come in and help struggling churches all over the county. Most of them are aging [Read More...]

Milagro’s Easter Worship Service (Podcast)

We have folks ask us all the time what worship is like at Milagro. And although we usually podcast Amy’s sermons on the church podcast, we don’t usually record the whole service. But since it was Easter, we decided to do the whole thing, edited down for time, and share it. [Read more...]

Can Protestants be “too Catholic?”

I posted a comment on my Facebook Page and Twitter Page recently about how it seems ironic to me that so many churches who focus on atonement theology (the idea that Jesus died for your sins as central to what they believe) seems to jump right past Holy Week and on to Easter.

It seems to me that someone who preaches about and studies the death and suffering of Christ so much the rest of the year would have a field day emphasizing this central tenet of their beliefs on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. But most of the churches in town that I know focus on this kind of image of Jesus have had slogans like ‘Christ is Risen!” on their signs for a couple of weeks already. [Read more...]


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