Picking Cherries…

I have noticed a frustrating trend when it comes to discussing Christianity and Church, particularly regarding whether or not a church should pass doctrine as absolute, especially when that doctrine has a possibility of not actually solving the problem it is allegedly designed to solve.  Ever been in a discussion about a debatable doctrinal rule?  […]

The Yard Signs Are Back

Just when I thought the political season was over when Obama won that first Tuesday of November, the yard signs are back out to promote the next political event happening on December 24th … yes it is the Christmas Eve service. This is one of the main days a church marketing department drools, and comes […]

Is Being Busy A Good Problem?

If you live in America, and attend a traditional church, or mega-church, or really any church that wants to “grow” its membership numbers, you have probably heard many people tell you how “busy” they are.  Saying you are “busy” has become a default response to say when someone asks how you are doing. It seems […]

Hi, My Name Is…

Hi, My name is Swanny… (Hi Swanny!) I am a recovering “church”aholic. I have been sober now for over 3 years.  (hands clapping…), and I wanted to share with you what I have learned since our last meeting. Are you ready, here it goes…  I have come to learn that detoxing from any kind of substance abuse […]

Scrap “Small Groups”

I am just going to say it… Small groups and small group ministries within church organizations need to be terminated.  Yes, I said it… nixed, annihilated. They simply do not work. Small groups create disciples as much as working at McDonald’s creates quality 5-star chefs.  Small groups do not create disciples; disciples create disciples.  And […]

What Would Your “Group Think”?

I really want to be part of a bible study, and want to socialize with other Christians, but I do not want all the baggage bible studies carry with them.  I want people to just get together and just BE … no format, just talk life, discuss scripture (Christ), eat together, help one another, and […]

The “F” Word

The F-word is farce.  “A foolish show, a mockery, a ridiculous sham” We spend our whole lives making sure no one sees the cracked pieces we are so desperately trying to hold together. In my prior institutional church life, people would just sit in the seats waiting for the show, and God forbid you try […]

It Is That Time of Year Again

Ok, I cannot stand it anymore.  I must weigh in on this craziness. The holiday season is approaching, and I can feel the typical US versus THEM pressure starting to build up. Up first is ever-popular Halloween.  Oh how I love this holiday, the way it separates the Christians from others, and also the Christians […]