Church Views · Culture · On Being Christian

notes from Q 2011

Q really is pretty unique as far as conferences go. It’s about 4 things: Culture, Future, Church, and Gospel. And it studies our culture’s seven channels of influence: Church, social sector, business, education, government, arts & entertainment, and media. Q’s wide range of speakers address how we as believers can proactively and positively influence our… Continue reading notes from Q 2011

Church Views · Message Series · On Being Christian

lent series week 2 : solitude

In the 7-week Lent series at my church we’re looking at the spiritual disciplines Jesus portrayed during his 40 days in the desert. This past weekend we talked about solitude. After a slightly scaled-back worship set, Pastor Gene Appel started his message… in silence, using the placards in the pictures above. The silence was several… Continue reading lent series week 2 : solitude

Church Views · Marketing

mega-churches & multi-sites

On Monday I wrote a post critiquing a comparison of the modern-day local church with the beginning of the early Church. The comparison is often used to justify multi-site campuses as the new growth strategy for mega-churches. Aren’t multi-site campuses really just a super-mega-church dressed up in small-local-church clothing? And if so, is there anything… Continue reading mega-churches & multi-sites

Church Views · Culture

changing church paradigms

I recently came across this RSAnimate video about “Changing Education Paradigms,” which is quite thought-provoking. (Yes, I have embedding issues, but just play along.) It makes some insights about the dated structure of education, and it struck me that many of these draw uncomfortable correlations to the Church. For purposes of discussion, try substituting “Church”… Continue reading changing church paradigms

Church Views · Her Views · On Being Christian · Serving/Leadership

changing minds about women in leadership

“How I Changed My Mind About Women in Leadership” is a new collection of essays on gender and roles by Dr. Alan Johnson of Wheaton College. It includes the stories of a wide range of scholars and evangelical leaders such as Bill & Lynne Hybels, who became converted to the position of biblical egalitarianism (biblical… Continue reading changing minds about women in leadership