New Shrink Video Releases Today: A Creative Introduction

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Author readings are all over youtube.com, but I’ve never seen an author take any care with the medium–make any kind of creative investment in them. I have long thought author reading videos could have value beyond their use as a promotional tool. They could exist as a creative way to experience the author’s voice first [Read More...]

Shrink On Sale for $4.99 Now thru April 5th

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The most powerful reason the church is in decline in North America is that the church’s way of being in the world does not represent a genuine alternative to mainstream society. The church leadership conversation has been coopted by our culture. When the church becomes an agent of the culture, indistinguishable in most ways from [Read More...]

5 Reasons Your Church Should Be Smaller

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This was first published at Crosswalk.com, so please stop by and visit the original post. For years it has bothered me that, although the majority of churches in America have fewer than 300 people, most church leadership advice comes from pastors of huge churches. The assumption that bigger is better pervades the church leadership culture. What if [Read More...]

Scot McKnight on Shrink: Great Is The Enemy Of…

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. The following post is Scot’s engagement with my latest book, Shrink. [Read More...]

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

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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...]

Advent: The Great Decrescendo (Advent 1B – Isaiah 64:1-9)

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This was the message on the first Sunday of Advent, 2014 for Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal (w/attribution please!). You can listen to the message here.     Advent 1B – Isaiah 64:1-9 / Waiting “O, that you would tear open the heavens and come down.” Today [Read More...]

Shawn Merithew’s 9Marks Review of Shrink: A Non-Engaged Engagement

Shrink is my third book, so I’ve been through the review process a few times. I know what the author is supposed to say in response to a critical review. “I enjoy the give and take. The dialogue is helpful. This conversation is why I wrote the book.” Usually I can bring myself to say [Read More...]

Public Jesus: Beyond the Politics of Anxiety

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Politics in the Pulpit. Read other perspectives here.   Talking politics in the local church is tricky. One statement that flies in the face of a parishioner’s strong belief and that could be the end of the conversation, the end of your influence, and quite possibly the end [Read More...]

In a Former Life, This Was My Living – Satellite Soul: Always the Same

It’s seems like forever ago that that very nearly every waking moment, for me, was consumed with music, songwriting, producing records, and touring. So many hours, so much of my heart and soul were invested in these songs, and it all feels so fleeting now. About a decade, somewhere upwards of a thousand shows, and [Read More...]

Breaking Beautiful: Is it sad that I have to say this is not a ruse?

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I’m not an April Fool’s guy. I’ve never been much of a prankster on any day. I cannot enjoy another person’s discomfort, it trips my internal justice meter. If I’m around someone who is playing a practical joke I will purposefully ruin the joke before it ever happens because I can’t stand to see someone [Read More...]


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