What’s a nice Jewish girl…?

Though I felt like I washed ashore schlepping my meager possessions and broken heart on the door step of our church a couple of years ago, more refugee than pilgrim, I am hardly alone."One of the more interesting of many religious movements taking place in this country today is the quiet movement of many evangelical leaders...away from evangelical churches to more historical and liturgical expressions of faith. Billy Graham was a counder of Christianity Today magazine, but today many of its … [Read more...]

Michelle’s bookmobile

Does anyone else remember the bookmobile coming to their neighborhood on a steamy summer day? Even though the vehicle reminded me of the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, I loved the idea of a library-on-wheels, parking two blocks from my house. How did they know that this 8 year-old reading addict needed a regular fix throughout the long summer months? Most kids wanted to play in the street until late at night. I wanted to mainline biographies of Helen Keller and Mark Twain. W-A-T-E-R, indeed.No … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Charismatic movement?

I've been a Christ-follower since my mid-teens. About half of that time has been spent in Charismatic churches. I've seen signs, wonders, deliverances, fakers, spiritual abusers and epic moral flame-outs, sometimes all at the same church service. I've lived through the second wave and the third. In the West, the recent years have been characterized by some headline-grabbing Charismatic charlatans whose claim to 15-minute fame usually came because they misused or manufactured power gifts, gave … [Read more...]

I can’t get this image out of my mind

I saw this image on the Jesus Creed blog a few days ago, and I can't get it out of my mind. I don't think I'm meant to.Please pray for true justice for the people of Iran. Pray for the church in Iran during this time of upheaval. … [Read more...]

The sentence that changed my writing life

About 7 years ago, I attended Karitos, a arts conference for Christians. The conference has workshop tracks in a variety of different disciplines including sound/tech, visual arts, dance, writing, worship leading, theater and the business side of music production. Conferees aren't required to lock into a specific track when they register - they're free to attend whatever workshop they like. Some people lock in on one discipline throughout the conference. Others take the smorgasbord approach, … [Read more...]

From Eternity To Here Q & A

I loved Frank Viola's latest book, From Eternity To Here, so when his ministry team offered readers an opportunity to be a part of a blog tour today, I jumped on the bandwagon. I had the opportunity to ask Frank a couple of questions as well as join the conversation taking place around the blogsphere today about the book. My questions (and Frank's answers) are below, followed by a list of other blogs participating in the tour today.(1) If the pastor and leadership team of an institutional, … [Read more...]

Unmuzzling a revolutionary

I found the post below on Monday Morning Insight, a website targeted at evangelical church leaders, with a strong and uncritical bias towards the big box and multi-site folks. In the midst of all the cheerleading that goes on at MMI for strategic leadership culture, someone will post an occasional gem from an opposing voice. These gems stand out like diamonds set in charcoal.The post below is one of those gems. I tried to find its orginal source on the web, but was unable to do so. I have a … [Read more...]