Kevin Kelly: enjoying technology without letting it control us

 In The Next Christians, Gabe Lyons quotes Kevin Kelly (futurist, inventor and senior writer of Wired magazine) regarding his technology habits. Kevin created a few basic anchoring priorities when it comes to technology – for example, he doesn’t own a cell phone, a Twitter account, a laptop and he rides his bike for transportation (quite…

Restorers: the next Christians

Tomorrow I head to Taylor University for a week of meetings and speaking. My wife Megan is able to join me for the trip (a rare privilege) as we’ll have the opportunity to relive some of the memories of our college experience. It will be a full week, as I’m slated to speak 11 times…

[ 14 ] Links That Will Change Your Life

In honor of Valentine’s Day today, here are [ 14 ] links that will change your life… All this talk of being missional is great, but do you even know your neighbors’ names?  Battling college costs, one paycheck at a time.  There are atheist churches? A megachurch turned… anabaptist?  I would like a door like…

The most encouraging and affirming day of the past decade of ministry

This past Sunday was the most encouraging and affirming day of the past decade of ministry for me.  It was my Ordination Service.  There is no way I could possibly describe all that happened here (maybe I will attempt it at another time). Words are unable to assist me fully in describing how meaningful the…

The Welcomed Prayers of Distraction and Interruption (or How to stop beating ourselves up when we pray)

How many times do we beat ourselves up when we become distracted and our mind wanders when we pray?  I’ve had countless conversations with people who have said essentially, “When I pray I start out well but then my mind wanders and I start thinking about some trivial thing…and then I feel really guilty for…

Hope for those struggling with seasonal depression

This is a difficult time of the year for many people. Late January/early February – when the days are cold and gloomy – can be difficult for those who struggle with seasonal depression. A general feeling of apathy, a sense of sluggishness (physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally and spiritually) and a lack of motivation makes it…

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…

The 10 questions leaders should be asking about culture

There are many good definitions of leadership out there. Mine is simple: a leader is a culture-changer. Leaders – all leaders – have the capacity to change a particular culture (or part of a culture) they are in. Leadership, therefore, occurs when a culture has been changed in some way, shape or form.  It can…

The Beginning of a Fresh Expressions Cohort Track

This past weekend I had the privilege to help lead, teach and facilitate a Mission Shaped Ministry Cohort with Fresh Expressions U.S. – one of the organizations I work with. We had almost 50 hungry and diverse pastors and denominational leaders from New Jersey, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania coming together to meet regularly over…

Pointed Thoughts for Christians Regarding Yesterday’s Inauguration

Yesterday Rachel Held Evans posted 6 things Christians must keep in mind during the inauguration. Here is what she wrote: 1.     The president was elected through a non-violent, democratic process. This may seem like a given, but it’s a reality that many people around the world long to share, and one for which we should…