Exciting announcement: another bundle of joy on the way

In November I announced we had a little bundle of joy on the way.¬† Well, I’m excited (and a bit freaked out) to announce we’ve got a second little bundle of joy on the way: I’m under contract with InterVarsity Press for another book – this time a co-writing venture with Bob Hyatt. Bob planted¬†The…

“It is impossible to survive in this life and not have a good story”

Last month I was on an airplane and read the ever-present and intriguing in-flight magazine. I always read those in-flight magazines from cover to cover. Some of my most creative ministry ideas and thoughts come from those in-flight magazines Pastors and leaders: on all your future flights, stop reading that book, wake up from your…

Names and Ministry

Last week I received an interesting marketing piece in the mail from a church in our region. It was from a well-known church that I respect highly and which is doing some great things in our area. But this marketing piece was somewhat ironic. It was printed on glossy card stock with a high res…

Indicators of Entrenchment in the Christian Subculture

Growing up I remember reading a quote that has stuck with me. Satan’s most powerful tool is not an active sinner, but in an inactive Christian. But maybe that’s not entirely true. Maybe one of Satan’s greatest tools is not an inactive Christian, but an over-active Christian…or an active Christian involved solely in things that…

Brian’s Rock-dropping ceremony

In response to my conversation with Brian a few weeks ago he and I decided to plan a rock-dropping ceremony for him. I had never planned one of these things before and wasn’t quite sure what to do, but thought that it didn’t need to be intricate or long or overly planned – just meaningful…

Missional Listening: Learning from our context

To be a missionary in one’s context one must lead with their ears, not their mouth. Missionaries that go to any culture to present the gospel seek to learn from their context. They live by the mantra that "the locals always know more than I do." For the next several weeks our launch team is…

Introducing you to some friends…

I want to encourage you to read regularly the thoughts of some missional church planting pastor friends of mine. They challenge me and encourage me in the journey. I love the way Brent Underwood (Richmond, VA) writes, but he is an even better listener and shepherd. I am challenged by the words of John Chandler,…

Mission: Accomplished

If you were at resonate last week you heard it announced that you rose to the challenge: We reached our goal of raising $3,000 to help disabled individuals and their families go to camp through the Philadelphia region of Joni and Friends. Sticking with the agreement, Jerry Borton and I will be getting our heads…

PBU this week

I’m speaking at Philadelphia Biblical University this week for the school’s Spiritual Emphasis Week.The topic is solitude. Some of the questions we’ll deal with are: What is solitude? (And what is it not?) Why is it so hard to enter into solitude in our culture? What were the rhythms of Jesus regarding solitude? How can…

Fighting Poverty around the world

There are many organizations that are working hard to fight poverty around the world. Here are just a few of those organizations worth noting: Bread for the World Oxfam Poverty FightersPeace Gospel MinistriesWorld VisionCompassion InternationalOpportunity International