Scot McKnight’s A Fellowship of Differents Can Change Your View of the Church


Scot McKnight and I noticed a point of resonance in our two most recent books, and thought it would be fun to interact with the other’s work. Specifically, we are attempting to find points of reverberation around the topics of faithfulness, and the church. This is my engagement with his latest book. For the other side [Read More...]

10 Questions for the Only Pastor I Know Who Doesn’t Have a Cellphone


This article was previously published at You can go here to see the whole interview. How many of your friends can you name who do not have a cell phone? If I don’t count anyone under the age of 16, or over the age of 80, then I can only name one: my friend Garrett. [Read More...]

Immigration and the Health of a Nation

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I was reading some Eugene Peterson this week, and ran upon a section in which he talked about how we assess the health of a nation. He said, “We measure the health of our nation and the success of our lives in terms of per capita income and gross national product.” (Working the Angles) The book was written [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

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I confess that I led worship with some excellent musicians yesterday and had such a good time. I felt like the sermon was pretty decent, but all I could think about for the rest of the day was how much fun I had playing with this band, and how often I leave church feeling like [Read More...]

The Beauty of the Midlife Crisis: Monday Morning Confessional


I confess that I’m in the middle of a midlife crisis, and it’s way better than I could have ever imagined. In fact, I’ve become convinced that the midlife crisis gets a bad rap. The phrase itself conjures images of extramarital affairs, two-door sports cars, and the hair club for men. My story is unfolding [Read More...]

Lutheran Satire’s Take on Ash Wednesday (A Little Friday Funny)

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In order to really get this video, one must appreciate how truly difficult it is to make Lent funny. I think my favorite line is, “I’m surprised you haven’t heard about this. We invited every member of your church.” …so funny. Happy Friday everybody.   [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday Service Ideas & Why This Day is So Important

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“What good is it to live long when we improve so little? A long life does not always improve us; in fact, it often adds to our problems. Would that we could spend even one day well in this world. Many people count the years of their lives in Christ, but often not much comes [Read More...]

Why Evangelicals Need to Observe Lent


Evangelicals need to observe Lent, in part, because our troubling lack of tradition leaves us untethered from the past. A church without the great traditions of the faith is like a church with amnesia. Rejecting tradition means submitting ourselves and our churches to the tyranny of the relevant, the oligarchy of the innovative, and the arrogance of the avant-garde. [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I hate that Fifty Shades of Grey did so well at the box office. It seems to me like a step backward for women. I confess that I think Kurt Busch’s ex-girlfriend was an assassin. I confess that I sometimes act as offensive coordinator for my son while he’s playing Madden 2015. I [Read More...]

Conversations We Should Be Having About War


This is an excerpt of an article that just went up at Onfaith. Conversations We Should Be Having About War American Sniper highlights the disproportionate burden of war carried by combat veterans. by Tim Suttle The release of American Sniper prompted plenty of debate, and a flurry of opinionated speech concerning the past decade of war, [Read More...]