Your congregational aroma

A reality check to see if your congregation’s culture stinks.

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God: Still creating, after all these years

Christians can be blessed if they’re willing to enlarge their worldview to include “How Stuff Works.”

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Outreach, from the inside out

How can churches recognize seasons of change or need in people only tangentially connected to the congregation?

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The ‘ex-SBC’ trilogy: A response to my respondents

On the “ex-SBC”: The columnist responds to his many respondents related to his trilogy of articles on moderate Baptists. 

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Baptists on the other side of anger

Moving on means being committed to a few powerful intentions.

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‘All my ex’s...’

Who says moderate Baptists haven’t grown up?

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Living, dying and laughing

A way of looking at the days to come.

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Stripped of power: Saying goodbye to Christian America, part III

Two ways the demise of Christian America will be good for the Church. 

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Baptists’ way forward — repentance & forgiveness

It’s time to move on.

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From libraries to launching pads

Today’s seminary students can’t commit their time and lives to an educational institution. That’s going to require a shift in assumptions about theological education.

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Taking the headlines to God

If globes and newspapers were on our Wednesday night church supper tables, would that widen the scope of our compassion?

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Need innovative leaders? Look for agility and alertness

Those characteristics are essential to engaging “disruptive innovation.”

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Finding grace in Lent

In our overachieving, performance-driven society, we’re tempted to tackle the work of Lent like we would a challenging homework assignment.

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Alban: A death and a resurrection

It’s time for those who desire to help congregations to reconceptualize their ministry.

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Don’t celebrate just yet: Saying goodbye to Christian America, part II

Don't celebrate just yet. Today I want to talk about what there is to mourn with the end of Christian America. 

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How can ex-SBCers move forward if they’re not even ‘ex’?

Congregations that fail to state a clear identity ultimately fail to thrive.

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Bleeding for justice

A journey to Myanmar during Lent sharpens the question of the nature of God’s redemptive mission.

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Bracketology theology: Who would Jesus pick?

What is the point of living in the world of boring brackets, when we can live in the vibrant rainbow dreams are made of?

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What can we learn from America’s cities?

Many of the country’s urban centers are struggling but others have found ways to revitalize. That may offer models for congregations.

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About the ex-SBCers: It’s complicated

What I believe is important, but it becomes much more important in community — when what I believe is shaped and formed and challenged by what you believe.

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