One Thing Some Republicans and Modern Church Leaders Share

Please, Like Me!

As I pondered a couple of seemingly unrelated things -- Establishment Republicans and Seeker-friendly Church Leaders -- I stumbled onto a similarity between the two -- a lack of moral courage. And a reason why.Establishment Republicans try to be liked by those they deem to be in the middle. They crave the acceptance of supposed Independents who they think are seeking likable, lovable politicians who just want to get along with everyone.They think that these Independent voters want … [Read more...]

Singing in Church with Elvis, Aerosmith, and Bonhoeffer


I once actually stood in church and sang the words, "Blah, Blah, Blah." And no one could tell the difference. No one could hear anything anyways because the music was so loud.  Just being authentic here, but with the lyrics as simplistic as they were, I couldn't even tell the difference.I have to wonder if God noticed.As some of you know from my post Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church, I struggle to reconcile much of what passes for modern worship music with biblical passages … [Read more...]

What to Do When Church Leaders Sin


Pastors are perfect people, right? Church leaders don't sin do they?Some of you laughed when you read that. Especially you pastors and church leaders who know all too well how human you are.But others of you immediately thought of painful situations caused by a church leader's sin. You remembered the destruction caused by it and -- what makes it worse -- the frustration you felt when no one seemed willing to do anything about it.A recent comment by a reader identified as Dan Graves … [Read more...]

Singing in Church: Is It Time for a New Worship War?

Modern Worship

Based on interest in my post "Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church," I thought FaithWalkers readers might enjoy this guest post from my friend Rich Birch. Rich serves as the Operations Pastor at Liquid Church, and blogs at about stuff you wish they taught you in seminary. You can follow Rich him on Twitter and Facebook. The first church I served at was in the middle of a worship war when I started there. It was like a cold war with a lot of passive-aggressive leadership on bot … [Read more...]

ISIS and Left-Behind Christians: A BIG Difference

They have conquered him by the

I'm not sure what to call them really.It used to be that I could use words like dispensational or pre-millennial and Christians would know what I meant. I'm not so sure of that anymore. We've grown averse to using multi-syllabic words in church these days and, it seems to me, are the worse for it. [See my post Why I Left Your Seeker-Friendly Church]I was raised in a church environment that embraced much of the apocalyptic view of the future we find in the The Left Behind … [Read more...]

The Marriage Pledge: Why You Should Not Sign It


I am pleased to feature a guest post today from my friend P. Andrew Sandlin, President of The Center for Cultural Leadership.First Things (FT) has launched a crusade to get pastors out of the marriage-ceremony-performing business, or, as they would no doubt prefer, out of the business of government-sanctioned marriage-ceremony performance. The problem for The Marriage Pledge they are pushing is that these two practices are identical.A Dispute among Allies First Things (FT) is one of ou … [Read more...]

What if the Church Helped Provide Work Instead of Handouts?

David Spickard

This guest post by David Spickard originally appeared on Jobs for Life.  David grew up in Nashville, TN, and has always had a heart for people in need. Since 1999, he has applied his MBA and love for God at Jobs for Life, first as its Director of Operations and then as its CEO, beginning in 2006.  During this time, he has helped JfL grow from a local work in Raleigh, NC, to a global network of churches, ministries, and businesses helping men and women learn God’s design for work and find mea … [Read more...]

Mission Drift: The New Book about Solving the Old Crisis

mission drift

Mission drift is inevitable. Your church, your non-profit, your business, your family -- even you as an individual can't avoid it.Drift happens.Such is the conclusion reached by Peter Greer and Chris Horst of HOPE International in their new book Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches, published by Bethany House Publishers.But rather than simply diagnose the illness as inevitable and declare your organization's case to be terminal, the two veteran … [Read more...]