The Sensual Injections of Religious Rock (CCM) — Part One

Sorry, Louis.  You have no place on the IPod of the truly religious Christian. Part of taking a new pastorate means you inherit all of the junk mail of the previous guy.  There is an independent Baptist newspaper that shows up in my mailbox–sort of like a letter from Paul–that contains all kinds of…”articles”.  TheContinue reading “The Sensual Injections of Religious Rock (CCM) — Part One”

Getting Knocked Out by a German Youth Pastor

(photo credit) Have you ever been dissatisfied with your church?  Have you, pastor, ever wished your church was more…awesome?  Are you astounded by how far your church falls short in the “obeying the Bible” category?  Do members of your congregation let you down–over and over and over again? Meet Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  He’s about to takeContinue reading “Getting Knocked Out by a German Youth Pastor”

Yikes: A Painfully (Though Humorously) Accurate Critique of Youth Group

My wife and I have reminisced about our days in youth group–our foolishness, pride, and short-sightedness…but this video will make you blush at it’s sarcastic accuracy. The cynic in me couldn’t contain the laughter, and the pastor in me is trying to hold back the tears.

Stop Studying Your Bible All the Time…

(photo credit) “Oh how I love your law!  It is my meditation all the day…how sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” -Psalm 119:97,103 Take a second and think.  In the past week, has there been a time when you can identify with these words?  If not, chances areContinue reading “Stop Studying Your Bible All the Time…”

The Bible: What Is Lost in Translation?

(photo credit) So I haven’t become a mom-blogger, posting photos of my latest kitchen creation, but my wife and I have been enjoying old episodes of Good Eats online in the evenings.  As I worked on my sermon from Isaiah 55:6-11 this afternoon, I was thinking about the panache of translating the Bible, and how it is aContinue reading “The Bible: What Is Lost in Translation?”

The Gospel According to…Me, and You Probably

(photo credit) I was reading a small book by Jonathan Edwards in which he is trying to help other Christians of his day understand the Great Awakening and the revival that was taking place around him.  As he described the shouts, cries for mercy, and general disorderly conduct, it sounded like no service I hadContinue reading “The Gospel According to…Me, and You Probably”