The Natural Disaster of Empathy Overload

I once heard Pastor Shane Hipps (an expert on media technology and marketing) describe a consequence of globalized media.  He talked about how as humans, we are designed to empathize with one another which should inevitably lead to compassionate action.  So, when we see a natural disaster being covered on CNN, our hearts ache as [Read More...]

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ & the USA (Introduction)

photo © 2008 Quinn Dombrowski | more info (via: Wylio) What follows is a special 3 part series by my good friend Dan Martin.  He is one of the original 3 bloggers that I got close to when no one else ever read this blog ;-)  Not only do we have some roots, but we [Read More...]

Floaties, High Dives, and Spiritual Questions: Is the Church a "Safe Place?"

photo © 2007 Paul Sapiano | more info (via: Wylio)   On the last day of school we had a pool party at a friend’s house celebrating our graduation from the fourth grade.  Of course, every one of my friends knew that I could not swim and so the teasing caught the ear of the [Read More...]

Values for the Church & Her Leaders (part 4): Inclusive

A fourth value of biblical leadership within the church is that of being inclusive.  To summarize: “There are no prerequisites to grace and love.”  This value goes hand in hand with all of the others and could have very easily been a sub-category of missional or community, but in my opinion this is one that [Read More...]