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...