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”

Take Your Bible to the Movies

(photo credit) Suspension of disbelief.  It’s something we do every time we step into the movie theater–or else we don’t really enjoy the film.  The film Hugo from two years ago celebrated the fascinating way in which movies transport us to another place.  The only way this can happen is by setting aside our notions ofContinue reading “Take Your Bible to the Movies”