So much for the Reformation

When I started reading Calvin’s works a few years ago, I was surprised at how contemporary and fresh they were. One of his books, The necessity of reforming the church, perfectly describes the church in our own time, and you don’t even need to be a Calvinist to see that his diagnoses were right. It turns ...

Who knew you needed an excuse NOT to play Highway to Hell?

Who knew you needed an excuse NOT to play Highway to Hell?
A couple of weeks ago, NewSpring’s Twitter account linked to a blog post written by one of its members praising Perry Noble and the church. NewSpring rarely links to other blogs, so this appears to be a careful choice to advertise the virtues of their church and pastor. The post, written by Sarah Monk, whom I ...

What if we did football by multisite?

To show that I can do bad football analogies as well as anyone, I have been wondering lately what would happen if advocates of multisite churches applied their thinking to football. From what we’re told about multisites and online churches… We get just as much out of watching a video screen as being there in ...

Preventing problems with podcast preachers

Talk to any engaged 20-something Christian these days, and you’ll likely find that they can rattle off a list of their favorite podcast preachers. For some, a quick scan of their iPod will probably tell you more about their doctrinal commitments than their local church membership. The relatively recent phenomenon of being able to carry ...

Perry Noble on Southern Baptists

Here’s what Noble tells you to think about his church. It is time that the Christian community got beyond themselves…it is time that we begin looking for what IS working in other churches and ministries rather than sit around and criticize what is going on. Be secure enough to get outside of the circle of ...

Ed Stetzer and Alan Hirsch on Multisite

Ed Stetzer and Alan Hirsch on Multisite
Ed Stetzer says: If you aren’t questioning multi-site, you aren’t thinking. Hmmm. I guess we know who played on a basketball team that didn’t keep score. credit for video to Out of Ur. Share this:More

Was Jesus just a dumb hick?

The answer, of course, is no, but one might be excused for coming to that conclusion after reading Andy Stanley’s assault on pastoral ministry in this lauded interview from 2007. Stanley the Younger is a lead-by-example advocate of CEO pastoring and wants to run through the Bible with a large bottle of whiteout to get ...

Great message from The Nines conference

Great message from The Nines conference
This is the first I’ve heard of Skye Jethani, though he seems to be a pretty important figure in the church planting / pastoral conference world. You can check out his blog here.  He seems to have a pretty good perspective on things. Here is his video from The Nines online conference from last week: Skye ...

Despising Discernment; Hugging Heretics

Despising Discernment; Hugging Heretics
Recent Tweet from Furtick: Great night w a great man of God. Thx Pastor Joel 4 your humility & msg of hope. Love & honor! Now it seems Pastor Furtick has added Joel Osteen to his growing list of spiritual mentors. Maybe, you say, this was just a nice photo op, and Steven doesn’t really ...

Mega-Church Conundrum

Mega-Church Conundrum
First, note the new signature. On a few occasions now, readers have mixed up James Duncan and myself.  While this is much more damaging to his reputation than to mine, a little clarity never hurt. Now, I’d like to open a discussion about mega-churches. Let me make it clear that I have never heard James ...