[ 17 ] Links That Will Change Your Life

Co-founder of Twitter’s rule for success: do less. A foosball table made out of VHS tapes. Looks like there is still a use for them after all. Byron Borger’s Hearts and Mind Bookstore (one of the best around) releases their best books of 2012. Great list. Congratulations to my friend JR Woodward for making the…

Reflections from doubt :: night

“Be merciful to those who doubt.” -Jude 22 “God, I don’t love you. I don’t want to love you. But God, I want to want to love you. Amen.” -Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila Last night we hosted our second doubt :: night – a laid-back, but intentional space for conversation, a place to…

Thelma’s Smile: A Lesson in spiritual formation

A few weeks ago I rolled out of bed early to head to the gym to run on the treadmill and lift. I normally love doing this, but that morning I was exhausted and bleary-eyed, complaining on the way over that I should have enjoyed an extra hour of sleep. I finished my time on…

USAToday: Most religious groups in USA have lost ground

This morning’s USAToday published a groundbreaking article on religion in America. The study is incredibly comprehensive (check out the charts, graphs, videos and interviews). These are interesting religious times in America. As I officiated a funeral yesterday, communicating hope and comfort to a roomful of people unacquainted with God, I was reminded of the peculiar…

Adaptive Challenges and the Church: Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch wrote this thoughtful post on adaptive behaviors of churches. It’s worth a read: I am about to look at the issue of living systems and how we can reconceive the way we organize and lead churches and Christian organizations in a more movemental way. The first thing we need to recognize is that…

doubt :: night

The Renew Community is hosting an evening of conversation we’re calling doubt :: night and I’m pretty pumped about it. What is doubt :: night? It’s a laid-back evening of conversation and dialog about questions and doubts. We firmly believe that we don’t have to be afraid of the deep, significant questions of life, but…