The Great South o’ Town Church Search!

Last summer my family and I relocated from the suburbs north of Birmingham to the suburbs south of Birmingham so I could be closer to my favorite Waffle House. When you move into a new house in Alabama, your priority tasks are 1) get power and cable TV turned on so you can watch football, 2) find a church, 3) get water turned More …

The Uncomfortable Christians of Brooklyn

The Atlantic has an article on St. Lydia’s church of Brooklyn, and it’s shy congregants: …it can be a struggle to be publicly Christian in Brooklyn. She’s talking about a specific class of the neighborhood, of course—historically, the borough has had vibrant Jewish and Catholic communities, and still does today….But in today’s young, progressive, creative-class circles, “all of those cultural More …

Is Church Too Easy?

Skye Jethani makes some interesting points: With the best of intentions, we have tried to make church gatherings a comfortable environment for both believers and seekers to learn about God. From the cushioned theater seats with built-in cup holders, to the spoon fed, 3-point sermon with fill-in-the-blank pre-written notes–the only challenge most of us face on Sunday morning is actually More …

Can the Gospel Be Cool?

Maybe not. Maybe “coolness” detracts from the gospel message in ways that turn the message into something it isn’t. Brett McCracken elucidates: Christians of all people should grasp the inextricability of form and content. The Incarnation itself demonstrates it. The Word made flesh is content meeting form (John 1:1-18). The gospel is not some ethereal, conceptual “message” as much as it is More …

Maybe Getting to Church Isn’t So Hard After All

Did you ever wake up on Sunday morning and think, “Man, the weather’s not great, and my best shirt isn’t clean. Maybe it’s just not meant for me to get to church today”? Well, at least you don’t have to scale the side of a mountain to get to your church, which you would if you were a member of Abuna Yemata More …

Speaking Truth to the Culture, or Not

Are churches being intimidated into silence on cultural issues? Andrew Wilson has some thoughts: Jesus called his disciples to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves, and to that end, we need to keep asking ourselves whether the way we are saying things is the most helpful or appropriate way of saying it, given the culture we More …

Does Church Need to be More Manly?

David French makes a point that I pretty much agree with 100%: …writer David Murrow essentially says that church shouldn’t be more manly, but that it should be less “artificially womanly.” In other words, the contemporary evangelical church emphasizes a “personal,” “passionate,” or “intimate” relationship with Christ. This relationship emphasis – on a “man who’s in love with you” – is not More …

In Which I Agree (Partly) and Disagree (Mostly) with Donald Miller on Going to Church

Well, it seems that Donald Miller has stirred up a mini-firestorm. A couple of days ago, he posted an article about how he doesn’t really dig on church worship services and so he worships God in other ways. I thought it was an interesting take, and I was largely supportive of it. But I didn’t think it was that big More …

The Entrepreneurial Church

Walter Russell Mead on the evolution of the church in the 21st century: It’s not clear yet what the next wave of American Christianity will look like—though it will probably be less denominational than the last—and both theologically and culturally it will be more diverse. But as the millennials begin to start families, reflect on the meaning of life from More …

You’ve Seen One Evangelical, You’ve Seen ‘Em All

That’s what people outside the church seem to think, judging by the way evangelicals are referred to as one monolithic unit (side note: if you got to this site by searching Google for “monolithic unit,” I apologize for your disappointment). But of course that’s not true; different groups of evangelicals see the mission of the church in different ways, and More …

Why Do People Skip Church?

If you’re looking for an excuse this Sunday, the White Horse Inn can help you out, along with some interesting analysis: …27% in the survey cite “Tired/Out Late.”  What shall we make of this?  Well, rather than suggest more folk ought to stay home and get to bed earlier, let me suggest that more Christians go out into the heart More …