Can We Be Vulnerable Enough to Have the Hard Conversations?

The most important things in church life have a high degree of sensitivity to them. Feelings can get hurt easily. Relationships can get broken. Hard conversations are exactly that…hard. Many hard conversations go unsaid because it isn’t worth the cost. How do we have the difficult conversations even though there may be fallout? At the […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

As I write this it is early and quiet. I’m sitting in an empty old farmhouse outside of Vicksburg, MS drinking coffee and tending the fire. I’ve already brought up two arm loads of firewood from the back woodshed. It’s not that cold outside, but the brick floors and open air build of Becki’s childhood […]

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? How We Talk About the Bride of Christ

There has been a lot of criticism leveled at the church over the years. Criticism can become a hobby if we are not careful. It seems to me our culture is becoming a lot more overtly critical and now has the platforms to leverage that to a wider audience. Or maybe the criticism level hasn’t […]

Poetry Column For November

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this […]

5 Reasons to Begin a Disciple-Making Movement in the Legacy Church

Many of us are convinced that the way we do church needs to change.  Better said, we are convinced that the idea of what it means to be the Church, or even a church member, is in need of an overhaul.  I’m not talking about the superficial, surface level changes that we often focus on.  […]

Multiple Perspectives Of Assessing Church

We can assess how we view and do church through a variety of lenses. We can look at church through a pastoral lens – how is the flock being provided for, nurtured and matured? How is the flock sent on mission? How healthy are the sheep? Do they have easy onramps to spiritual growth and […]

November Theme: Meta-Church

Believe it or not this theme was selected in November 2020 and rolls out a year later, days after Facebook made their re-branding announcement to the name Meta. The etymology of “meta” is Greek and it usually means something like “with” or “after” but in English it has come to be known as something that […]