Mission Drift: The New Book about Solving the Old Crisis

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 non-profit leaders offer tangible solutions,… Read more

What Is Faith? [Insert Your Answer Here]

What is faith? We Christians talk a lot about it, especially as it concerns our salvation. Truth be told, we like to leave it there at the point of conversion, confined in the Salvation Box we’ve created for it. And yet we’re called to walk by it, to live “from faith to faith”, and to ensure our faith is evident to all. But it would seem to me to be difficult at best, impossible at worst, to engage something we… Read more

Inconvenient Faith: A FaithWalker’s Story

Today I am pleased to feature the thoughts and story of Kendall Lyons, a talented youth pastor, cartoonist, and writer. Kendall supplied the fun illustrations for my e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth — still available for free here. Grab a copy of Kendall’s delightful collection of short stories today at his site here or find him on Twitter here. You’ll be hearing much more from this talented leader in the years to come. I am a FaithWalker. A few months ago, I… Read more

The Great Atlanta Snow Storm: Who Is to Blame?

Sometimes stuff happens. Circumstances collide unexpectedly. Snow falls further north than the computer models predicted. Events reminds us that we are not in control. And we don’t like it. Not one bit. The great Atlanta snow storm of 2014 reminds us that some things are outside of our control. As a recent transplant to Atlanta area from the snow belt of Cleveland, Ohio, I’m used to getting around in snow, unlike most of the people in Atlanta. Snow only arrives… Read more

The Happiest Life: Hugh Hewitt Reveals the Secret to Genuine Success

When Hugh Hewitt first mentioned to me that he was planning to write a book on generosity,  I was not surprised. I had already begun to know him as a model for living the generous life. So it made sense when I learned the title of his new book would be The Happiest Life: Seven Gifts, Seven Givers, and the Secret to Genuine Success. Hugh is one of those rare individuals who diligently endeavors to – and succeeds at – living… Read more

40 Churches in 40 Weeks: New Film Project Seeks Answers

Today I am privileged to feature a guest post from my friend Sharon Bollum, who is heading up an innovative project called 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM. Like me, she has concerns about the state of the body of Christ in America and is committed to asking the questions many seem afraid to ask. Check out 40 Churches in 40 Weeks TM and follow their quest on Facebook or Twitter. When I tell people that we are traveling across the U.S. filming… Read more

Why My Children Wear Blindfolds in Your Church

The following letter was, to the best of my recollection, sent in anonymously after allegedly being discovered in crumpled pieces behind a church dumpster. Given the magnitude of the problem of immodesty in the church today and the dire straits of this man whose children wear blindfolds in church, I thought it worth sharing here in it’s entirety without edits. If you have seen any churches that fit his description, please leave a comment with a click here so the… Read more

Why God Is Not A Nice God

Privileged to feature a guest post from my friend P. Andrew Sandlin, founder and President of the Center for Cultural Leadership with whom I serve as Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology and Director of Development. God is not a nice God. There are many lessons we can learn from Samuel’s farewell address in I Samuel 12, but the most weighty lesson is  God’s faithfulness, not ours.  Our faithfulness is possible only because of God’s: “I … plead with you before… Read more

Why I’m Glad Christmas Is Over

Christmas. Is. Over. I spent twelve years working in retail, both in a mom-and-pop and large stores. Christmas meant long hours, cranky customers, and avoiding being trampled on Black Friday. I don’t miss the retail rush of holiday gift-giving. Somehow squabbling over Tickle-Me-Elmo never made me think more highly of the birth of Jesus. Because of the hectic pace of the holidays, I always looked forward to the day after Christmas as much as Christmas day. As we took a… Read more

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy in South Africa: A Unique Perspective

Privileged to feature a unique perspective on the legacy of Nelson Mandela in South Africa from Christina Quist. Christina and her family relocated there by faith  from the US Midwest just two years ago. You can learn more about their journey as FaithWalkers here. I thought her perspective as a transplanted Westerner might shed some new light behind the media coverage on the impact of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The red, blue and green fishing boats in the harbor… Read more

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