The decision made by Theodosius to proclaim Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire – and the way it accelerated and took root in the early Middle Ages – is a story seldom told in light of the caricatures that abound.
A national conversation has been ignited on the relationship between religious freedom and non-discrimination, and the dividing lines are not neat and clean. I believe there are five very important observations to make on the matter.
There is little doubt that the religious story of our day is the rise of the “nones,” the religiously unaffiliated, in the United States.
Many pastors and leaders look for the silver bullet - the solution that they can seamlessly weave into the life of the church that will solve all of their problems but keep everyone currently attending happy. There’s only one problem. It doesn’t exist.
Someone asked me an interesting question recently that I’d never been asked before: “What books do you keep closest to you when you write?”
There is something I just don't "get" - people trying to woo the already churched to another church as if that's the mission.
Two stories caught my attention this past week. Both reflect our culture’s trend away from two very important words: “personal responsibility.”
Amazon's list spans the past 200 years or so, and has something of a tilt toward the new and trendy. But some things about this list raised questions.
The hits and hurts that can come your way working in ministry are occupational hazards that can tear away at your soul, sap your enthusiasm, your creativity, and your missional stamina.
After the umpteenth email, tweet or call saying, “Could you say a few words about why they are myths” following my “25 Myths” blog, I gave in. Fortunately, most wanted just a few lines that could be used in general conversation, not an entire apologetic.
When you have pledged your life to Christ’s save-the-world work, it’s the myths about Christianity that can drive you crazy.
The definition of "hate" has some very strong language. However this wording is much strongter than the way it is often used in our modern world.
Rumor has it that parents can make rules. That they can make a difference. In fact, that’s their job. But that’s not the way we think.
With today's worldview, would the famed "Letter from Birmingham Jail" have had the same lasting impression?
One of the more important personal disciplines as a leader is to be able to know what you don’t care about. Or more to the point, what you shouldn’t care about.
Biblical unity is about working through conflicts, avoiding slander and gossip, and being generous in spirit. And it is precisely this spirit which seems to be lacking in the church as much as the world.
So many times we wonder about the validity or value of something when the answer is patently clear: people have voted with their feet
Why are we focusing on Christian Millennials who leave the church in order to learn how to reach non-Christian Millennials who are not in the church?
What would a set of New Year’s resolutions look like for you and your church, your role as a leader, or simply as someone who wants to live a life of strategic Kingdom investment?
This is the time to recap the year that was. But how do you really get a twelve-month snapshot of a culture’s zeitgeist? I would argue for two words: “Google searches.”