Throwback Church: Can We Be Retro in a Progressive Era?

These days twenty-somethings have embraced the relics of previous generations.  We buy outdated electronics to display in our studio apartments, wear calculator watches, and clothe ourselves with throwback everything--because its ironic, or something.  Only today could a song called "Thrift Shop" go to the top of the charts esteeming "your granddad's hand-me-downs" and a site …

The Pastoral “Three-Year Glitch”: Ecclesiological Divorce

As I prepare this week to preach from Matthew 5:21-32, I have been thinking about divorce.  Having only pastored for five months, other pastors always say to me, "Oh, you're still in the honeymoon phase!"  They mean well, and they're being honest.  A pastor's ministry in a church is quite similar to a marriage in …