Not Perfect Leaders, Humble Leaders

There's no such thing as a perfect leader.Every leader makes mistakes, every leader has done hurtful things, and every leader is on a trajectory of development. If we believe in leadership at all in the church - and I, for one, do - then we've got to be real about the fact that no one is going to do it exactly right. No, not even one.And if your perspective on leadership is based on the expectation of perfection, then you will likely be driven to cynicism and despair. Because you are … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot Wives & Water to the Soul

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A couple days ago, Her.meneutics ran a great piece by Mary DeMuth on the current obsession among evangelical pastors/leaders with talking/tweeting endlessly about their "smokin' hot wives" - an obsession that has spread throughout American Christian culture.The post resonated with me.It resonated because, as I've mentioned before on this blog, I was once a part of the segment of evangelicalism that fosters this kind of attitude - the kind that makes leaders go on and on about their … [Read more...]

Sow, Meet Reap.

Late last night, I arrived in D.C. for the inaugural Missio Alliance National Gathering.All the action starts in a few hours (so stoked).And while I had very little, if anything, to do with the creation and execution of this event, it still somehow feels like the fruit of a labor in which I've taken part.Like I'm reaping after a long season of sowing.My wife and I took a leap of faith and planted a church in our late 20's. It was a beautiful and terrible experience, with a lot of … [Read more...]

Bringing Unsexy Missional Back

Next week, the long-awaited (for folks like me, at least) and much-Internet-heralded #futuregospel event will be happening in Washington, D.C.That is, the first-ever Missio Alliance National Gathering.And if I have one hope for this conference, this meeting of some wonderful and diverse minds, it is this:I hope we can bring unsexy missional back.Now, I'm not saying that Mike Friesen shouldn't dance like Timberlake in front of a lot of people, because he totally should you guys. And … [Read more...]

Missio Alliance & Me

I met with my good friend Matt for coffee this morning, and I told him some of the backstory behind my involvement with this thing called Missio Alliance. And now, I'll tell you.Before I do, though, you should know this: today is the last day to register for the first-ever Missio Alliance national conference at the regular rate, and get decent rates on hotel rooms. Which might mean nothing to you if you have no idea what Missio Alliance is. Which is why I'm about to tell you the … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll & the Empty Politic of Evangelicalism

We evangelicals have a problem.And the problem is, simply put, that we do not know how to tell the truth.If that sounds harsh, hear what I mean: it is not that we don't think we are telling the truth (we do), it is that we have so constructed the "master signifiers" of our faith and life that we no longer know how to be really, deeply honest - with ourselves or with the world. And, unfortunately, it is the world that is the most painfully aware of this.I've spent a good deal of … [Read more...]


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