Why churches are stage-driven

Most churches program a series of low-risk, stage-driven activities such as worship services, classes and seminars. These allow people to learn about their faith without actually practicing it. [Read more…]

Preaching to fill time

Many a time I’ve heard a pastor make a powerful, life-changing point. I’ve thought to myself, “That’s it! He’s done. I’m ready to respond.” Yet he continues to speak. A sacred moment is lost. [Read more…]

The altar girl controversy

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…]

Will individualism kill corporate worship?

If we come together to do our own thing, why even come together? [Read more…]

Why holiday services bore men to death

The typical Christmas/Easter/Mother’s Day lineup all but guarantees that men will find nothing compelling during their visit to church. Holiday worship services reinforce the male belief that Christianity is for women and children. [Read more…]

Is muscular Christianity the problem – or the solution?

Are we seeing character flaws in individual men – or does something unhealthy surface when churches place too much emphasis on reaching guys? [Read more…]

Between Boredom and Blood

Christians live in the tension between these two poles. We long for the freedom and adventure that comes with following the Lion of Judah. Yet we continually try to tame this lion by creating stable, predictable church and devotional lives. [Read more…]


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