What It Really Means to Have a Basket Weaving Ministry in Your Church

When I look at the various ministries certain churches have, I feel a bit overwhelmed at times. Everyone has a “ministry” for everything and everyone. If you want to reach the lost and hurting basket weavers of your city, there might be a ministry for that. If you want to find a place to reach the deer hunters, start a tree-stand ministry. If you want to touch the lives of those who only eat meat on odd numbered days of the month, go for it. The explosion of ministries like this point to one common factor: People want to “do church” where they are. They want to be a part of a community that participates in their life, their hobbies, their good times and their bad times. People want to be part of a community where they feel their lives, families, and favorite pastimes are valued. Continue Reading...

What’s New in 2016 for Theology In Progress?

As you may have already noticed, the Theology in Progress site has a nice, shiny new upgrade. We want to especially thank Brandon for all the work he’s done on it. We believe this new look is simplified and easier to navigate. We want to clearly communicate what Theology in Progress is all about: Growing in Christ Through Every Conversation! This new look makes that abundantly clear. We have also reorganized the way we group and distribute content so it’s easier to access and more enjoyable to read. We want to make your time on TIP enjoyable in every way we can. We are proud of our new look, but the look is only the beginning. We are doing more than just a face lift. We will be launching several new products and features throughout 2016. Continue Reading...

What is there to Love about the Church?

The church gets a bad rap these days. It seems I hear more and more about people dropping out of “organized religion” in favor of “personal faith” or “personal relationship” with God. On the other hand, I see more and more articles or posts about the value of church attendance. In fact, my own pastor just preached a great sermon about why we, as Christians, need to be part of the church. There seems to be competing narratives going on at the same time: people leaving the church, and people trying to prevent that from happening. Today, I want to explore why I think people are leaving the church, and then tell you why I am so happy to be part of the church, the Body of Christ. Continue Reading...

“Learning” to Make Disciples?

As many of you may know, seminaries in America are not what people think of when they picture dynamic places of preaching and worship that bring the presence of God rushing into a place causing revival to break out. No. Instead, seminaries are envisioned as boring, dreary, ivory towers where old white men talk about theological nonsense that means nothing to nobody and has nothing to do with the local church. Seminaries are often referred to as “cemeteries” to describe the “dead” and “dry” atmosphere they have, thus producing dry and dusty ministers. However, this was not my experience. In fact, I developed my own rebuttal for those who asked me why I was going to a “cemetery.” I would respond, “To learn to rob the grave!” Continue Reading...