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 […]

A New Book Coming Out In November

I am excited to read a new publication coming out this November called “Finding Church”. The main facilitator, and author, of this awesome community project is Jeremy Myers who blogs over at Till He Comes.  He is writing posts with a quick snippet of who each author is that told their story about Finding Church.  […]

“Grounds” For Thought

As I sat on my front porch the other night, where I do a lot of my thinking, I was pondering all this hoopla about foods being “organic”.  From what I read, these are foods produced using methods that do not involve modern man-made synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  I was […]

Having Your Noggin Washed

I have been thinking a lot of my past experiences within the institution called church. Have you ever felt like you have been brainwashed? Are there times when you find yourself suddenly craving some McDonald’s fries, or salivating about owning a new 2013 Ford mustang convertible, or that you need to have whiter teeth like […]

Oblivious Addictions

Alcohol and drug addiction are just the tip of the iceberg when you talk about being dependent on something.  Well, there are a whole bunch of other forms of addiction, and many we are oblivious to. Some are body induced, like some of the heavy hitters like alcohol, drugs, and nicotine, and others a lot […]

As William Wallace Once Said… FREEDOM!!!!!!!

Fourth of July, Freedom.  Let’s Celebrate! Chewing on what freedom means yesterday, as we celebrated our independence, gots me to thinking about my family’s life outside the institutional church system, and how being free from it is so wonderful (because now I can see Christ much clearer now). In conjunction with the 4th, here are […]