unHappily Ever After…

One of my biggest issues with marriage counseling is that most couples wait too long to seek help. At times, it seems as though they have already decided to end their relationship and are hoping for a miracle to save their marriage. Although


Randy Travis, Christianity, and the rest of us

*I just want to preface this post by stating that it is not my intention to humiliate or further injure the reputation of persons. I merely want to use this story as an illustration to make a larger point.

This morning singer “Randy Travis was arrested Tuesday after he was found naked lying on a roadway in northern Texas and smelling of alcohol,” the second such incident since February (as reported by CNN, http://tinyurl.com/8chhqt4). Over a decade ago, Travis’ conversion made waves in the Evangelical community (e.g. Christianity Today article http://tinyurl.com/cjqexrf), and his song  “Three Wooden Crosses” was a popular Country Gospel hit. He has appeared with many notable pastors, including Pastor John Hagee in San Antonio, Texas.


Global missions includes our own backyard!

The issue of culture relevancy was brought up in one of my classes recently. The idea of the importance of missions was emphasized, as well as the concept of “global mission” whereby the Gospel is preached across the nations.

Christianity is growing immensely around the world—just not in places such as Europe or the United States. Consider the following


Dear church: Don’t ruin the future of Christianity!

We could use more Davids!

One of the many issues facing mainline denominations is the rapidly decreasing base of ministers to carry on the work of the church. Recent studies, such as the one the Barna Group released, share evidences that are similar to this:

“A decade ago the median age of mainline Senior Pastors was 48; today it is 55. That represents a shockingly fast increase, representing a combination of too few young pastors entering the ranks and a large share of older pastors not retiring.” Link to the article here.

I am an anomaly in the church world. I officially began my career as a senior pastor at age 24. I just celebrated my 10th year in pastoral ministry. I think I can offer a few reasons why young people are not entering the ministry as generations before them:


Beyond “Religulous”

Yes, I admit I watched the movie “Religulous” starring Bill Maher. It wasn’t the Christian bashing I was expecting, yet there were moments in which faith and science were pitted against each other. Maher, a self proclaimed agnostic, uses science and scientific method to try and explain away why Christianity (and religion in general) is just a bunch of fairy tales.

As Christians, who have experienced the power of resurrection, we understand how wrong the premise of simply trying to explain away the supernatural.