The MegaChurch is Like An Athlete On Steroids

If the church is the body of Christ, then the megachurch is like an athlete on steroids. Every major city has a bevy of churches drawing between 5k-25k people. To get a body to grow that big leaders have to use some sort of performance enhancer. These things—typically models, strategies, and techniques gleaned not from the gospel or [Read More…]

Why the Church Is In Decline…

I love the church. I believe in the church. I believe in the church maybe more than I believe in any other thing in this world. The church is the surest sign I know of that God loves everything he’s created; that God is not done with the world. The church is the singular reality [Read More…]

Corrie & Betsie ten Boom: How Suffering Helps Us Make the Missional Shift

At my church we’re doing a series on four great saints of the church. They don’t have to be actual canonized saints, just someone whose life can teach us something important. Week one was the life of Corrie ten Boom. Her memoir The Hiding Place, and the movie based upon it, have been around for [Read More…]

What Does a Drowning Person Look Like, and Why Do We Miss the Signs?

I read a fascinating article on Slate today about how most people can look straight at a drowning person and not realize what is happening because they do not know the signs. The article starts with this story: “The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he [Read More…]

Resident Aliens, The Confessing Church, and Missional Communities

I am at Conception Abbey on retreat for a few days. This morning I pulled one of my old favorites and read for awhile. It’s not a stretch to say that the book Resident Aliens by Stanley Hauerwas has had a tremendous influence upon my life. I’m not sure I’ve spent more time in one [Read More…]

Will Evangelicalism Last? Here’s My Take from The Huffington Post

*This article is from The Huffington Post 02.25.20213 Rob Bell has another book coming out, the first since his bestseller “Love Wins” caused an evangelical uproar. Folks who haven’t even read the book yet are already critiquing it based on the marketing material alone. Denny Burk recently called Bell a “heterodox theological liberal,” and further claimed Bell is “no longer relevant to the [Read More…]

Challenge Accepted: If You Want to Know God, You Better Find Somebody to Love

Thanks for the challenge, Tony. This was a great exercise. Strangely, when I sat down to try and write something substantive about God I found that I couldn’t stop clearing my throat, which I believe affirms your suspicion that our reticence to talk about God has at least something to do with worries about how [Read More…]

Welcome to Paperback Theology

Welcome to Paperback Theology.  If you have been part of the Paperback Theology world before, I’m glad you found your way to the new site. I couldn’t be more excited about joining forces with Patheos in order to try and increase readership and extend the Paperback Theology conversation to new people. Allow me to express [Read More…]