Today, we remember the twentieth anniversary of 9/11
We remember those who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA.
We remember their families still grieving two decades later.
We remember the first responders who went to ground zero.
We remember where we were.
We remember how the world forever changed by this day.
Society collectively pauses on this anniversary.
Some may question, where are You in the darkness?
A broken world carries the cold reality of innocence lost.
Where does our hope come from? Where are You in the silence?
You walk with us through…
Christians long wrestled with the sacred and secular. Intentionally or unintentionally, a higher degree got placed on what revolved around the church rather than seeing faith move us to the neighborhood and marketplace. What happens on Monday-Saturday in our lives moves fluidly with Sunday to integrate the Kingdom of God in us.
Part of me wonders if our ongoing tension with the digital and in-person ministry has become a reemergence of this same argument. It takes less work to dismiss an environment that you do not fully grasp. …
People have asked me about the arrival of Lucy, our second daughter. My response consists of two words, “Beautifully complicated.”
One month into Lucy’s little life, we have had to learn, like any parents, how to adjust our schedules and recalibrate our sleep expectations. Hayley, our three-year-old, loves the role of big sister. Yet, she had to adjust to having one more person to divide our attention. Robyn, my wife, has supported everyone in this significant change.
“Beautifully complicated” sums up our life in this season, but in some peculiar way, it can explain much of the past year in…
If you serve as a church leader, you have navigated the complexities of this pandemic for a whole year. Let that sink in for a moment.
This pandemic has accelerated change in ways that we could not foresee. I believe many of you should be commended. You took risks and got out of your comfort zone. In many ways, I hope our attitude of innovation and adaption continues.
As we look to the next year ahead, you will encounter the conversation about the two-track model for a church — bridging digital and in-person. You might also hear “phygital” or “hybrid.”…
Imagine if twenty years ago, churches treated social media like email.
Personal emails, not the newsletter type emails that go to the whole church. Two-three people on staff would respond to every email on behalf of the entire church. That sounds wildly inefficient for all parties involved.
As we approach a year into the pandemic, every church needs to start recognizing the new reality. I first heard the term #phygital from Ted Vaughn of the Historic Agency. That term seems tied to organizations as a whole rather than individuals. Churches and organizations cannot think #phygital without individual investment.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
- Micah 6:8
Today, we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., who embodied Micah 6:8.
He reminds us that the gospel not only reconciles us to You but each other.
We pause to reflect on the dream of MLK.
His dream calls us to live out your second greatest commandment, to love our neighbors as ourselves.
You offer us a vision of heaven of people of all nations, races, ethnicities, and backgrounds worshipping You…
Recently, the Social Media Church Podcast post this article about why people are listening to religious podcasts.
Following seeing that article, I have had a few conversations about Browncroft’s podcast, Why God Why.
I still remember the day I sat with John Iamaio, a cohost of Why God Why, in the Brighton Twelve Corners Starbucks approximately two years ago. We discussed engaging Millennials and Generation Z when he blurted out, “We should just start a podcast…”
Now, we find ourselves on the precipice of 100 episodes. Several church leaders I talk with seem…
You’re reading this post because you understand social media’s critical value at the church, non-profit, or even the organization you serve.
We find ourselves almost a year into a pandemic. Now more than ever, churches are looking for ways to stay connected to people who will not come in-person for the foreseeable future. No matter your opinion on social media, the people you serve engage there. Your presence as a leader and church body will continue to become more essential.
1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards…
We sum up our hope this Christmas — A weary world rejoices.
You gave up the riches of heaven to come as a baby.
You came with little fanfare or public spectacle.
As we reflect on Your birth, we recognize Your ways are not our ways.
And yet, through Your life, we find ultimate peace and rest.
We realize many today have Christmas alone.
Some will Zoom with their family rather than being together.
Others will walk through this day with grief.
Let us not acknowledge this Christmas as the one no one could expect. …
My friend Adam and I this weekend were texting back forth about this tweet.
2020 has brought a heaviness to a regularly joyful season. In this year, we have walked through a pandemic, racial reckoning, job losses, contested elections, disrupted routines, and added doses of fear and anxiety for our children. As a pastor, I’m well aware that many who walked through divorces, painful conflicts with loved ones, and health issues outside of the Coronavirus.
I don’t walk through this Christmas season glibly. …