The Question: What Are You Going to Be When You Grow Up?

“What are you going to be when you grow up?” When my children are asked this question — and they often are — I have taught them that they do NOT have to answer. Am I rude? I don’t think so. I think it’s the question itself that’s out of place. Think about it. How do kids usually answer this question?  I think I used to pick chemist as my acceptable answer. My College Algebra teacher’s laughing hysterically right now…. Read more

Disney Celebrates Adoption: Review of The Odd Life of Timothy Green

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine for parents go down in the new film The Odd Life of Timothy Green in theaters nationwide Friday, August 17.  Yes, it’s predictable. Yes, it’s sweet and a little sappy. But it also celebrates adoption as it calls us – with typical Disney magic — to love and be loved. Yes, there’s magic. Think Mary Poppins meets Field of Dreams. It’s a Disney movie in the vein of The Kid and The Rookie that blurs… Read more

Tyler Braun’s Why Holiness Matters: A Gen X Review

It is a rare thing these days to find a Millennial writer who enjoys delving into deep doctrines such as sanctification, propitiation, redemption, or the holiness of God. Yet that is exactly what Tyler Braun does in his new book Why Holiness Matters: We’ve Lost our Way–But We Can Find it Again just released from Moody Publishers. Tyler Braun unites a writer’s talent, a theologian’s  careful intellect, and a pastoral heart to tackle the issue of God’s holiness and what it… 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… Read more

Why Paul Ryan as VP? You Win with an Energized Base

I don’t claim to be a political expert, although I’ve followed politics ever since I could remember. I recall tracking Reagan’s win in 1980 when I was but a wee lad. I most enjoy thinking about the human behaviors and leadership patterns behind political decisions. Of course, I’m the guy who watches sports mostly to see the leadership dynamics of the team. Sorry. Can’t help it. When I saw that Mitt Romney had chosen Paul Ryan as his VP pick, I had… 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… 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… Read more

See Why You’ll Hate to Love WRECKED by Jeff Goins

I’ll just tell you right up front. I read Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life by Jeff Goins released just this week by Moody Press. I didn’t like it. Not one bit. It made me feel uncomfortable. It made me squirm inside. I think I even grimaced when I thought no one was watching. So I bought ten copies. Confused? Conflicted might better describe how I feel now that I’ve finished Jeff’s first traditional publishing effort. He’s also published an excellent… Read more

Who Else Wants to Be a Whistleblower in Church?

Worship Week continues here on Bill inthe Blank at Patheos with a guest post by Barbara Buzzard claiming I am a whistleblower in the church. You can find out more about her family’s ministry mission here. Today’s guest post is a response to Why I’ve Stopped Singing in Your Church: I am very grateful to the writer for his honesty. He has a kindred spirit here. I once heard a pastor say that he wanted us to get “mellow” via the music before his… Read more

Why Good Church Music Is So Hard to Find

Worship Week continues on Bill in the Blank at Patheos with a post by Keith Guilford. You can connect with him on Twitter or leave a comment below. This guest post is in response to Why I’ve Stopped Singing in Your Church: The current American Evangelical culture seems to have become quite different than the secular American culture, but really the similarities are striking. While one culture might read books by famous pastors or TV evangelists and the other about… Read more

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