Reflections of Grace 144: The Invitation to the Kingdom

[display_podcast]We are so fast paced in our country.  And we have incorporated this into our relationship with God.  We are a fast food nation.We want instantaneous answers, overnight transformation, speedy growth.  We want drive up and drive through service.But God desires to speak to us daily through His word.  He wants to have direct conversation with us.  When we only rely upon others to feed us on Sunday mornings, we are relying upon the processed word; what we are being fed … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Don’t Go to Church, Be the Church?

It’s kinda funny – the amount of churches saying, “Don’t GO to church BE the Church!”As witty as they think that is, they are inadvertently telling people not to go to church. Really, guys? Don’t go to church? Nevertheless, they throw this message on signs, bumper stickers and other graphics… they even make it a slogan for their congregation or sermon series. Hey everybody, don’t go to our church! A few have altered it a little by adding the word “just”, as in “Don’t JUST go to church; be … [Read more...]

The Big Picture 72: Do Older Christians Really Need to “Knock it Off”?

[display_podcast]I’m over 45 and I scare your children. Does my age disqualify me from speaking up about politics and culture? Do I really need to ‘knock it off!’? Andy Stanley says so. I’m Joel Fieri, and welcome to “The Big Picture’ podcast, where we seek to begin and hopefully sustain a conversation about current trends, ideas and issues in the Church and greater society.Pastor Andy Stanley has gone viral lately with a couple Internet videos, one regarding political fear mongering and … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 135: Tim Hawkins, Tornadoes and Weird Sports

[display_podcast]I was in Anderson, IN in November. I was in my hotel room when I heard a knock on the door. “You have to come downstairs. Quickly, or you’ll die!” panted the woman at my door, whom I learned later was the hotel manager. It was the “you’ll die” part that I found intriguing.“What’s the matter?”“Well, sir… we’re having our regular tornado.”So, I followed her downstairs, where she had gathered all us guests and we all watched television together. Because, apparently, … [Read more...]

Church for Men 28: Why Informality Is Suddenly OK

[display_podcast] (Author’s note: This post originally appeared in January 2013. It was part of a series about the huge changes that are rocking Western society – and their impact on men and the church. I am not advocating these changes; I’m simply trying to explain why they’re happening, to help believers respond with greater understanding to those they may disagree with.) I’m one of the millions of viewers enchanted by one of TV’s hottest show – Downton Abbey. It’s the story of an aristocrati … [Read more...]

Effectively Equipping Our Churches: Engaging Millennials with Jana Doughty

Jana Doughty and Jefferson Drexler discuss "Equipping our Churches for the 21st Century", especially addressing strategies on connecting with Millennials. … [Read more...]