Big Bad Beer

The folks at Lifeway have done a very helpful survey of pastors, both Southern Baptist and non Southern Baptist, and protestant laity over the issue of alcohol. This was a scientific study (not a blog poll) where the issues are: do you think its a sin to drink? Do you personally drink? Do you think […]

Boot Camp is Done, What Now?

I’m in Raleigh, NC, right now, and the Acts 29 boot camp just finished up yesterday. The speakers were Scott Thomas (A29 director), church planters Chan Kilgore, Tyler Jones, Daniel Montgomery, A29 president Mark Driscoll, and church planting genius Ed Stetzer. The purpose of the boot camp is to provide theological and practical training for […]

Going to Boot Camp

I’m headed down to Raleigh, NC for the Acts29 church planting boot camp this week. I hope to do some blogging there while trying to process some of what I’m learning. I’m praying that the Lord will use this time to confirm His calling on my life and give me a sense of direction as […]

Reflections on my 33rd Birthday

Yesterday, according to Shire Reckoning, was Bilbo Baggins’ birthday. When he turned eleventy-one years old (111 for those of you who prefer regular numerals), he gave a very fine speech just before slipping on the One Ring and disappearing from sight before escaping from the Shire altogether. What a laugh. Today is my birthday. This […]

Why Contextualization is Scary

The word Contextualization will get you shot in some areas. “The gospel doesn’t need to be contextualized” is the mantra. I definitely recognize the inherent feeling of uneasiness about it because it sure does seem like the gospel itself is somehow being modified to suit a particular audience. But that is not the heart behind […]

Hard and Soft Postmodernism, the Emerging Church

The Parchment and Pen blog has an exceptional post about the emerging church and the effects of postmodernism on Christianity. He distinguishes between ‘hard’ postmodernism and ‘soft’ postmodernism. The hard variety is more nihilistic and by definition cannot be Christian because of its denial of absolutes. The soft variety is skeptical of truth claims because […]