The church I would plant (part 3)

Chain

Men’s League is an extremely simple, lightweight church-planting model that focuses like a laser on the development of men within small teams. In this post, I’ll answer some questions and discuss a few advantages to the approach, which comes straight out of the Gospel of Luke. [Read more...]

Decorate your church with men in mind

Stag

The typical church is decorated grandma-style: Quilted banners and silk flower arrangements adorn church lobbies. More quilts, banners, and ribbons cover the sanctuary walls, complemented with fresh flowers on the altar, a lace doily on the Communion table, and boxes of Kleenex under every pew. Hallways are covered with handmade signs, photo collages, or school-type bulletin boards that suggest a kindergarten classroom. [Read more...]

Does she expect you to read her mind?

Mind Reader

Women have this romantic idea: “If he REALLY loved me, he would just know what I want.” (Cue the chirping birds, rainbows and unicorns) [Read more...]

The altar girl controversy

Cassock

Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco recently pulled the plug on its 20-year-long experiment with altar girls. The media saw this as a simple case of discrimination. But there’s more to the story… [Read more...]

Stop telling me to fall in love with Jesus

InLovesquare

When I think of my faith, I do not see it as a love affair. I don’t envision myself sitting across a table in a candlelit restaurant, staring into Jesus’ eyes, casually flirting with him. I don’t picture myself walking hand-in-hand on a beach, opening a love note from Jesus, or climbing into bed next to him. [Read more...]

Thanksgiving vs. the outrage machine

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The media is becoming one giant, seething outrage machine. It’s making it harder for us to be thankful for all we’ve been given. [Read more...]

How men became scary

OldManYoungBoy

There was a time when it was considered normal for men to interact with children they did not know in public settings. Today we’d see such a man as a potential pedophile or pervert. How did men become scary? [Read more...]


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