Category Archives: materialism

Bob Hyatt: Don’t Laugh; Your Church Might Be Miley Cyrus.

Bob Hyatt wrote a great article on the problem with the attractional church called “Don’t Laugh; Youth Church Might Be Miley Cyrus.” The post appeared on the Out of Ur blog. Here’s a quick clip. Every church should be asking “What … Continue reading

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2 point 62: Moderating life to be a better parent

This morning I went for a run. (Actually, I used to run. Now I trot and breathe really hard.) As I took off on this run, I set my running app for 2.62 miles. That may seem like a random … Continue reading

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Parent’s goals of success can trip their kids on the way to their callings

One afternoon I had an opportunity to talk with a parent of one of the young men who had graduated from my ministry. “I hear Billy (not his real name) wants to go into a ministry with disabled people.” I … Continue reading

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Seth Godin has an interesting post about money today. I find it interesting because I wonder some times how well I taught my children about money. It’s a difficult subject. I’d implore you to read the full article, but here … Continue reading

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Practical ideas for making the church non-consumable

A few days ago I was talking with a friend who has a family ministry and reads my blog. He said he likes the concepts that I’ve been sharing on my blog but is struggling to understand how to apply … Continue reading

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Christian maturity won’t come when you “get more” from your church

Carey Nieuwhof has a great post called Why We Need a Different Kind of ‘Maturity’ in the Church. In this post he points to the issue of people church hopping because they don’t think their current church is helping them to … Continue reading

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How to recognize when your church is being consumed

The church is being consumed. I first came to understand that when I picked up a used book by Bruce and Marshall Shelley (father and son authors). The book, The Consumer Church (InterVarsity Press, 1992), builds a case that the … Continue reading

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Review of The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani

The Divine Commodity by Leadership Journal editor Skye Jethani (Zondervan: 2009) is a green vegetable book, not a dessert book. It doesn’t taste good, but it is good for you. You won’t be happy that you read it, but you’ll … Continue reading

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