Same-Sex Marriage Battle: The Consequences of Surrender

Tim Dalrymple offered an intriguing question for discussion at Patheos this week. It's timely, relevant, and, to some, quite disturbing. He asked: Is it time now, or might there come a time soon, when evangelicals should decide that the cost of carrying on the battle against same-sex marriage is simply too high? On the one hand, I tend to side most easily with Owen Strachan's responsive call  here at Patheos (thoughtlife) to get back to our posts amid the disarray of a cultural skirmish see … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for a Crisis: Ministry Lessons from the Chardon Shooting

We are all told to expect the unexpected. Those of us in ministry certainly know one thing: we never know what's coming next.Hurricane Sandy or other natural disasters, unexpected plant closings that leave thousands unemployed, or the tragic shooting right here in my own hometown of Chardon earlier this year -- a crisis like any of these can blindside us, leaving ministry leaders wondering how to best prepare their ministry for a crisis they can't see coming.We certainly saw this happen he … [Read more...]

Election 2012: 5 Things I Don’t Understand about Christians Who Voted for Obama

"God is in control." Well, duh.I've heard this refrain reminding of God's sovereignty countless times now since Election 2012 as a mantra to console evangelical Christians and religious conservatives bemoaning the recent win by Barack Obama. Contrary to what some seem to have concluded from my posts "It's the End of America as We Know It"  or "We Are All Victims Now, Mr. President," I have never doubted for a moment that God was, is, and will always be in control.But Scripture also de … [Read more...]

Why Pastors Dared the IRS to Restrict Religious Freedom

Across the nation this past Sunday, October 8, about 1,600 pastors told the IRS to go to – well, let’s just say they gave notice of non-compliance in defense of religious freedom. In an annual event that began in 2008, pastors preached sermons from the pulpit that offered Biblical critiques of specific candidates’ political positions in violation of the Johnson Amendment of 1954. Read the CNN account here.Videos of many of the sermons were then sent to the IRS as pastors dared them to act. Thei … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Be a Christian to Cause Trouble

We've all heard the incessant reminders that Christians should be champions at turning the other cheek, perfecting the art of being meek and quiet, and living at peace with everyone.Yet the early church of Acts quickly learned what we would do well to remember today. You don't have to be a Christian to cause trouble -- but it sure helps.That's not to say we should make it our aim to stir up strife. I've know a few believers who seemed to think it their duty to do just that.My reading of … [Read more...]

Separation of Church and State — At a Water Park? Really?

You want to swim?Sorry. You're going to have to pay more.All you church people who want to swim with your church youth groups in Willow Springs Water Park in Little Rock, Arkansas, are going to have to pay more thanks to complaints from a non-profit that serves children but is not a church. Eager not to miss an opportunity to evangelize, an humanistic group has also jumped in with both feet, seeking to impress their secular faith upon the private business owner.You can read the entire … [Read more...]

Why I’ll Never Stop Singing In Your Church

You read that right. I'll never stop singing in your church. Never.I know. Shocker. I'm the guy who wrote Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church not long ago and stepped unwittingly into what some have called "worship wars."Not my intention. If that's how you look at it, consider this a white flag.I was just voicing frustrations that had been brewing for the last decade or so. It seems as if there are a lot of others who've felt the same way. You might have been one of them. But … [Read more...]

Here’s a Quick Plan for Great Worship Music in Your Church

Worship Week nears its end with our final guest post of the week on Bill in the Blank at Patheos. Today's post comes from Josh Brahm, a writer and speaker with Right to Life CA, a podcaster, and part-time worship music leader. You can connect with him via Facebook. Today's guest post is a response to Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church:As a young worship leader, I have a lot of common ground with Bill’s article on worship. In fact, some of the hallmarks of the way we do worship music at m … [Read more...]


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