BreakPoint: Fujimura’s “Culture Care” – A Better Model for Engagement

When it comes to culture, do you consider yourself a foot soldier or a gardener? Okay, that’s a bit cryptic. But let me explain. [display_podcast]When was the last time you participated in a boycott? Or shared a Facebook post alerting your friends to a dangerous cultural trend?Good stuff. Now, let me ask you this: When was the last time you went to an art museum? Or bought tickets to the theater? Or listened to a great piece of music? Or wrote a poem and shared it with friends?I a … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Do We Really Need Musical Worship?

Jeremy writes in with today’s question: “Dear Pastor John, I have served for the past seven years as a ‘worship leader.’ Something I’ve had trouble reconciling is how worshiping God turned into singing trendy praise songs in a community setting. Does it derive from the Levites and appointed leaders in the Old Testament? I have a hard time finding something relatable in the New Testament. In fact, one of the Scriptures that I find most denotes what worship is comes from Romans 12 where Paul tells … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Help Your Kids Fight the Condemning Voice in Their Heads

Everyone fights those nagging little voices of condemnation that speak to their own minds. It’s part of the human condition. It’s that voice in your head that repeats things like: “I am so worthless. I am such a failure. I am not worthy of anything…” We all experience this. Parents, you have to know that your kids are going to struggle with those same issues. In fact, they probably already do, even the younger ones. But for Christians, there is a powerful way to deal with those lies, and it’s … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Using Music In Family Devotions

From Carey Green, author, blogger, speaker, coach and pastor:Including music for the sake of worship is not an easy task for most peopleIf you’re not musically inclined, what do you do? Before we get into the “how” part of including music in your family worship, there’s one other step we need to take first…Talk with your family about the “WHY” behind singing…Why do we sing to God in the first place? It’s not only that it’s fun (though it is), it’s one way that we worship God. A … [Read more...]

Church for Men 21: Paradise Outfitter

[display_podcast] From David Murrow, author of the bestselling book, Why Men Hate Going to Church.What happens when you put an archery range inside an abandoned grocery store and call it a church? Brandon Smith started a church in Oak Grove, MO – 30 minutes east of downtown Kansas City. In the past five years, his church – Paradise Outfitter Ministries – has grown from 15 to more than 500 weekly attendees. They’ve had to expand to four weekly services in order to accommodate the crush of ne … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 63: Passion vs. Obedience

[display_podcast] Sitting in for my dad this week, is my boss:  e2 media network executive producer and host of The Big Picture Podcast, Joel Fieri with some “Real Stuff My BOSS Says”. One of the discussions that Joel and I have had numerous times around the water cooler is in regards to a trend that he sees many churches wandering through without even knowing it.  It’s what he sees as a dilemma between passion and obedience.  He sees too many churches allowing the overarching theme of “passion … [Read more...]