An Examination of Romans 13 and its Recent Use by Attorney General Jeff Sessions

On Thursday (June 14, 2018), during a speech about immigration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions took time in a speech on immigration to address concerns raised by “our church friends” about children being separated from their parents at the border by immigration. Attorney General Sessions said, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the … Continue reading An Examination of Romans 13 and its Recent Use by Attorney General Jeff Sessions

You’re a Church Consultant

Let’s play a game. Pretend you are a professional church consultant who has been asked to help a struggling church “become healthy.” Although you don’t know many of the people who attend the church, you’ve agree to investigate what is happening, and offer some solutions. To do your investigation, you spend a few months attending the church. You talk to the people in the congregation, … Continue reading You’re a Church Consultant

The End of the Thingy

In 2009 Wendy and I stepped out of traditional church leadership, recruited a small group of like minded people, and began experimenting with what it meant to “be the church.” The group went through several iterations. We closed it in 2013. It was called “The Thingy.” Blog posts about the group were the first things I ever published online. I wrote them in hopes that others … Continue reading The End of the Thingy

The Evolution of the Thingy

In 2009 Wendy and I stepped out of traditional church leadership, recruited a small group of like minded people, and began experimenting with what it meant to “be the church.” The group went through several iterations. We closed it in 2013. It was called “The Thingy.” Blog posts about the group were the first things I ever published online. I wrote them in hopes that others … Continue reading The Evolution of the Thingy

The Birth of the Thingy

In 2009 Wendy and I stepped out of traditional church leadership, recruited a small group of like minded people, and began experimenting with what it meant to “be the church.” The group went through several iterations. We closed it in 2013. It was called “The Thingy.” Blog posts about the group were the first things I ever published online. I wrote them in hopes that others … Continue reading The Birth of the Thingy

A Growing Pile of Questions

“I’ve just got one more question,” Jamie said, taking a swig from his freshly filled coffee cup. The café was empty, so we’d received an absurd amount of attention from our waitress. If I sipped from my mug, she was there to top it off a few seconds later. Our experience had been the same the past three Tuesdays. Jamie and I had picked the … Continue reading A Growing Pile of Questions

The Cross Shaped Room

(The image above found via Creative Commons) Sadness saturated the sanctuary’s air.  The room was designed to seat two-hundred people, but only eleven were present.  The church’s layout was traditional—pulpit at the intersection of a cross-shaped floor plan; five-row choir loft in the apse; worn, light brown pews filling the transepts and nave.  I sat to the right of the stage.  My two team members … Continue reading The Cross Shaped Room