Haiti- day 3

Yesterday was packed. After a good, chilly night's sleep (it's been cold here- especially at night- everyone is commenting that it's very unusual), we had breakfast, put on our Sunday-Go-To-Meetin' clothes and piled in the cars to head down the road. Pastor Delamy is a district superintendent with the Free Methodists, and has a number Read more about Haiti- day 3[…]

Haiti- Day 2

Yesterday was our first full day here and we took it a little slow. After a leisurely get-up, we worked in the clinic for a few hours sorting medicines and supplies and pre-packaging some gastro-intestinal packs of pepto/antibiotics and other things to fight off the GI bug that's endemic here.  After lunch we got to Read more about Haiti- Day 2[…]

αγγελος 2010 Church Planter Training

This year I have the privilege to again help out with the Ecclesia Network's annual church planter training/Bootcamp. I'm so excited for the conversations, the missional energy and especially again being back at Richmond Hill, a former monastery and current community of prayer in the midst of Richmond. Such a peaceful place, and such a Read more about Œ±Œ≥Œ≥ŒµŒªŒøœÇ 2010 Church Planter Training[…]

From the Archives: Why I’m Not Done With Church

I've often wished I could write off church… It certainly would make life easier in many ways and at least I'd get to sleep in on Sundays. But, I'm beginning to think that if I truly understand the Gospel… I just can't. 

More and more people are declaring "I want to follow Jesus… I just can't handle church." The rise of the free-range Christian along with its attendant cynicism towards all things institutional has been one of the big stories of the last couple of years, most notably highlighted in George Barna's book Revolution.

In it, Barna describes a new movement that "entails drawing people away from reliance upon a local church into a deeper connection with and reliance upon God." 

He envisions a generation "choosing from a proliferation of options, weaving together a set of favored alternatives into a unique tapestry that constitutes the personal 'church' of the individual." 

"The personal 'church' of the individual"?

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This week…

I'm gearing up to head to Haiti on Thursday. Can't say my mind is entirely there yet, but it will be soon enough.  This has been an insanely stressful week- lots of little things adding up, lots of pressure, not a lot of balance or self-care. We always talk about pastors burning out or flaming out Read more about This week…[…]