So last night I finished up preaching through the book of Acts after 2 years of living in it. On some levels I’m grateful to take a break from Acts. It’s hard to have an office job when you are reading about your predecessors always moving and risking everything. But on a lot of levels I’m going to miss it. I have grown a lot in Acts for the past few years. It’s made me want to write a book about the subject, but more importantly, it’s made me want to be more like those earlier Christians.
And here’s a great example of why. Continue reading Reverse Jonah
So last night Leslie and I spent time hanging out with a small group of people from our church that we had hung out with a few times before. We all knew each other individually, but we were drawn together corporately last year to go to a conference with a very specific purpose.
The Conference was called “Generous Giving” and as you can probably guess from the title, it was about helping people learn how to view their resources from a different perspective.And the way they did that wasn’t by flowcharts or financial piecharts…but with stories. Continue reading Taxes
I’m going to let you in on a secret that all preachers know. It’s pretty well kept, and not much talked about. Here it is:
It’s not really about what we say. Sure, we work hard, we try and shape our words to shape other people’s worlds. But I’d bet that almost every preacher has had a time where after a sermon someone comes up to them and tells them about something they heard them say that dramatically impacted their life, something profound and inspiring.
And they never said it. Continue reading Writing to Change the World
Donald Miller from Southland Christian Church on Vimeo.
A few days ago I was talking with one of my preacher friends who was really struggling with what to preach this coming week. We had just been talking about different church culture, and my friend took this opportunity to explain something to me that I will never forget. Continue reading Conflict
I’ve written on this blog before about Robert Putnam’s work in his book “Bowling Alone.” He makes the observation that has been cited by hundreds of different authors and speakers that while bowling as a whole is on the rise, bowling league participation is drastically reduced. That is more people are bowling, but they are bowling alone.
Continue reading Communitas
So I’ve spent the better part of this week writing a sermon that wrestles with suffering. Actually I’ve spent longer than that wrestling with it. Sometimes a teaching is birthed out of a need to have something to say, and sometimes it comes out of having to say something. This week is one of the latter. Continue reading A Theology of Glory
A couple of weeks ago I spent some time with a visionary guy who cares deeply about following Jesus, and being innovative. And he’s good at it. I’m talking, major music video producer, good at it. He’s produced just about everyone of Carrie Underwood’s videos, and interesting side note, he actually produced the Taylor Swift award winning video that Kayne West made such a fuss about at the awards ceremony. Continue reading Creating Parables
N.T Wright has been one of my favorite Theologians for the past several years, and I’m interested to hear what you think about his comments here on Genesis 1-2. Listen carefully to what he’s saying because he’s not arguing against God creating the world, but rather against a flat reading of the text that turns Genesis into a running argument against Charles Darwin or Enlightenment for that matter. What’s your thoughts on this? Can you see where he’s coming from? What do you think is gained or lost with this kind of reading of these chapters? Continue reading Genesis, Burbank, and Fletch
So this last week has been pretty surreal for me. I have spent more time with people from all kinds of different political perspectives than I can ever remember. I had lunch with one guy who works as a banker, who gave me a well-thought out perspective on fiscal conservativism, and five minutes later picked up a hitch-hiker who needed a ride to sign up for welfare. Continue reading Meeting Bush
So this is my new blog. Sorry to both of my readers/parents that it was down the better part of last week. But it’s up and running now, and in this new format I should be able to both write more post, and respond to comments faster. So special thanks to Matt Pinson and Todd Ramsey for all the help over the past week in launching this.
Continue reading MANA