We all come to church with expectations. Many of us have had a bad church experience because our expectations were not met. It’s one thing when church lets us down, but what about when Jesus fails to meet our expectations? What happens when you turn over your life to him and things don’t turn out … Continue reading "My Bad Church Experience: Stick Around"
At the heart of the Christian faith is this idea: in Jesus, God became one of us and dwelt among us. When it comes to those around us who are hurting and in need, the God who dwelt among us calls his followers to be hands on. November 4, 2018
For a lot of people, their experiences going to church aren’t objectionable. They are dull. Church is all about a safe and predictable routine. Nothing that is said or done appears to have any connection to their daily lives. It’s about religion. That kind of church makes it seem like God is safe, predictable, and … Continue reading "My Bad Church Experience: Boring Church"
Our pasts tend to follow us around. That’s why a lot of people avoid church. They feel judged, alienated, or slighted because of some mess in their pasts. Some people even feel like their pasts disqualify them from having a relationship with God. That’s ironic because the man who wrote most of the New Testament … Continue reading "My Bad Church Experience: The Mess Under the Carpet"
This generation is the first that doesn’t need adults for information. But they do need adults for interpretation. What can we do to help the next generation to see the world in a way that sets them up for success? Join Clay Scroggins and Tim Elmore as they have a conversation about how we can … Continue reading "Helping The Next Gen Win: Generation iY"
The Greatest Generation. Baby Boomers. Generation X. Millennials. Generation Z. Each generation is distinct from those that came before and those that come after. They have different priorities and different experiences. They see the world differently. It’s easy for the generations to live in conflict and competition. But what is our responsibility to the generations … Continue reading "Helping The Next Gen Win: A Standard for Living"
The idea of autonomy is attractive. One of the biggest barriers to belief in God is that we don’t want to need anyone. But what if the idea of autonomy is really the illusion of autonomy? September 16, 2018
We all want to rid the world of injustice. But we can only recognize injustice if we know what justice is to begin with. We don’t always agree about what is just. So, who gets to define justice? September 9, 2018
Do you have religious doubts? When your prayers go unanswered, do you wonder if God exists? Does science make God seem unnecessary? Before you abandon your faith, consider this: What if the god you’re walking away from never existed to begin with? August 19, 2018
Americans are migrating away from religion at an unprecedented rate; Christianity in particular. But not because atheism is more appealing. People are leaving because religion has lost its appeal. Once upon a time Americans believed religion offered solutions. Today, religion is viewed by many as the problem. August 12, 2018
How you see the world affects everything you do. It even affects how you see God. What would it take for you to broaden your view so you can see God more accurately and connect with him more deeply? July 29, 2018
When we face pain and loss, they change the story we had planned for our lives. They can end our dreams. But what do pain and loss look like when we try to see the world as God sees the world, and to do as God says? July 22, 2018
We tend to view our time the same way we view our money—we spend, invest, and waste it. The question is: how does God view time? If we saw it as he sees it, it might affect the way we use our own. July 15, 2018
Too often, we play mind games in relationships. We assume the worst of others, and try to manipulate them in order to get the upper hand. Check out this simple approach to endingÂ The Mind GameÂ in your relationships. June 17, 2018