February 27, 2015

Nostalgia. As bad as relevance.

Nostalgia. It’s as bad for you as “relevance.” Sunday in church, the pianist played a lovely arrangement of the old Maranatha! chorus, “I Love You, Lord.” Then in response, we sang another chorus that has been a big part of my adult Christian experience, “Give Thanks.” In the more traditional service at our church, we sprinkle […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: February 15, 2015

Note from CM: In 2015 we will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Today, we continue our “Sundays with Michael” series with an excerpt from a post that was originally published in February 2008. The post was part one of a series Michael did, called, “The Church: Flawed and Finished.” • […]

Tokah’s Journey, part 2: Grant Me to See My Own Transgressions

Note from CM: Thanks to Tokah for this fine follow-up to her post in December. If you didn’t get to read it then, or would like to review her story, you can read part one HERE. • • • Grant Me to See My Own Transgressions by Tokah Last month, I had the privilege of […]

Adam Palmer: Embracing and Excluding

Our churches have a people problem. I’m as guilty as anyone, I guess. I would consider myself a “progressive” person, fairly open-handed in my theology, craving diversity when I gather with the church on Sunday morning. I want these things, sure. If they were to show up on the doorstep of our church’s gathering place, […]

What can you do with a General?

What can you do with a General When he stops being a General? • Irving Berlin The other day, my friend John Armstrong posted the following status on Facebook. This pastor’s story elicited a large number of comments, and rightly so. Though quite different in detail, his experience reminded me of my own journey of […]

Daniel Grothe: A Pastor’s Midnight Musings

A Pastor’s Midnight Musings By Daniel Grothe It’s midnight, and my wife and three kids are sound asleep. Another Sunday night walk is in the books. I’m a pastor; that’s what I do. Yes, today was the day, the Lord’s Day, the one day each week when Christians from the four winds of our city […]

My Ancestors’ (not so great) Interaction with the Church (Part 2 – Dress Code Excommunication)

My Grandmother, Lois Grace Frey, was an extraordinary women. Her parents were pioneering missionaries to Africa with the Brethren in Christ in 1905. The Brethren in Christ were a branch of the Mennonite tree, with Wesleyan influences. My Great-grandfather, Harvey Jacob Frey, founded Mtshabezi mission in what is now known as Zimbabwe where he established […]

How I Became a… Church Growth Disciple

First of all a confession. The title is really just an attention grabber, and a weak attempt to get Miguel to sputter coffee through his nose. Although a second confession would be that in the eighties and nineties, I did read all I could get my hands on from the Church growth movement. There are […]

Miguel Ruiz: First Church of Authenticity and Trends

Note from CM: Our friend Miguel Ruiz will now be blogging at The Brothers of John the Steadfast. This article, “First Church of Authenticity and Trends,” was recently published there, and Miguel gave us permission to run it as well. • • • First Church of Authenticity and Trends By Miguel Ruiz …is it just […]

11 Years of Same-Sex Marriage: A Canadian Perspective

In yesterday’s post Chaplain Mike asked “How do you envision your pastor, church, denomination, tradition responding to this new reality?” I have a slightly different perspective on this, as being in Canada I can look backwards to see has transpired.  In my home province of Ontario, same sex marriage has been legal for over eleven years. […]