Straight Talk for Women When Jesus Isn’t Enough

Privileged to feature this guest post from Monica Matthews is the mother of one amazing daughter, a Grammy-nominated vocal artist, musician, Christian ministry leader, EQ consultant, author, speaker, and host of The Monica Matthews Show. Her new book When Jesus Isn't Enough releases February 14, 2017! Follow her on Twitter @monicaonairtalk  Many of us don’t really know whose, who, and what we are. Sadly, I’ve found that to be true through doing ministry with Christian women.Subsequently, we … [Read more...]

Why I’m Still Struggling to Sing in Your Church

A few years ago, I wrote a post finally just being honest about what I thought about modern church worship music in evangelical circles. It struck a chord as I discovered I was not alone in my frustration.I wanted to sing—and to sing in a way that didn't make me feel as if I were back in grade school—and a lot of other people did, too.Many people came out of the worship closet then, saying they had left the church entirely because of the pathetic state of music.Although I don't en … [Read more...]

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

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 unSeminary.com 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...]

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 too … [Read more...]

Raising Hands in Church a Distraction? One Pastor’s Perspective

My post Why I Don't Raise My Hands in Your Church may have had some readers doubting that any Christians could possibly have a problem with a practice that has become standard worship procedure in worship -- raising hands.Let me stress, I don't have a problem -- provided our focus is on worshipping God sincerely in Spirit and truth and not on conforming to external pressures.I thought one pastor's perspective on this issue was worth discussing as it represents a significant corner of … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Raise My Hands in Your Church

I know what you’re thinking.If I don’t raise my hands in your church, there’s probably something seriously wrong with the state of my soul. Clearly the Spirit ain’t moving if my hands aren’t lifting, right? [See my post Why I Left Your Seeker-friendly Church.]OK. So I don’t know what you’re thinking exactly, but after having experienced countless Evangelical worship services and having been harangued by worship leaders to clap more, turn and greet total strangers as if we were long-lost f … [Read more...]

Praise for the Promise

Today I am pleased to feature the thoughts 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. He Told You!He Showed You!He Revealed To You! … [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...]