What Is Unique About Your Church Is Too Small?

I wrote Your Church Is Too Small in order to show how both church history and theology can be rightly used together to better understand the need for unity in the church. I also wrote it to give readers practical illustrations of how this is actually being done by real Christians in America and beyond. I think the one thing … Read More

How to Cope with Changing Forms of Worship: A Guest Blog

Karen Anderson, a visitor to this blog spot, offered a guest post that I feel can be helpful to some of you who struggle with public worship on the Lord’s Day. Since today is the first day of the week, the time when Christians routinely gather to remember their resurrected Lord in corporate worship, Karen’s words have particular meaning for … Read More

Give Me Neither Poverty Nor Riches

The wise man wrote: “Give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich I may deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name” (Proverbs 30:8b-9, NLT). America is truly the richest nation in the world, … Read More

Can Evangelicals Open Their Hearts to a New Paradigm of Unity?

I get a lot of correspondence these days re: Your Church Is Too Small. I try to answer every letter, email and facebook comment that I can. People often ask, “How is it going? How are people responding to the book so far?” The response is about 95% positive but I am quite aware that there will be more than … Read More

Can the Mainline Churches Come Alive?

Yesterday I wrote about the meaning of the term “mainline” churches in American church history. I wrote that I grew up in a very culturally conservative, even insular, background as a small town Southern Baptist. I do not want to be misunderstood when I write about my background as a child. My memories of my childhood and my Baptist church … Read More

Can the Mainline Churches Come Alive?

The historic Protestant churches in America are often called the “mainline” churches. Some have said the mainline is now the “old line” and others have declared that the “old line” is simply dead. And if the mainline is not dead then it soon will be dead once the endowments run out and the party is finally over. The term mainline … Read More

Why Did I Write Your Church Is Too Small?

I have written or edited twelve books. I have enjoyed the work involved in every one of them, some of them much more than others. But I have never written a book that I felt so deeply about as Your Church Is Too Small. This book is really “my story.” It tells what my wife and I wanted everyone to … Read More

A Fond Farewell to Jack Bauer

When the television series 24 was first introduced in 2001 I was not a fan. Friends urged me to watch but I remained a hold out until about three years ago. After five and a half seasons of 24 I decided to see if the hoopla was really worth the time. I started, as I was dutifully told, with Season … Read More

The Feast of Pentecost

Today is the beginning of a new cycle in the church year, the Feast of Pentecost. Easter has ended liturgically but Pentecost reminds us that the resurrected Christ is still with us by the gift of the Spirit who makes him known to all who believe. The word pentecost (from the Greek pentekoste hemera, meaning “fiftieth day”) was originally a … Read More

A Statement of Repentance for the Lack of Kingdom Thinking and Living

My dear friend, Rev. Dale Schlafer, is the director of the Center for World Revival and Awakening, based in Bradenton, Florida. Dale has encouraged me and taught me a great deal for many years. We have served together on a number of projects. Dale directed the well-known Promise Keepers gathering on the Washington Mall many years ago but left PK … Read More