Linked Post: The NFL and the church share the same culture of silence on abuse

Today on the blog we are linking to a post from the Religion News Service by Autumn Miles as she discusses domestic violence and the culture of silence surrounding abuse that we’ve seen recently in the NFL and, all too often, in our churches, too. 

(RNS) Too often, it can be easy to assume that some issues are less prevalent in the church. We forget that, as a collective of individuals shaped by the culture at large, sin is indiscriminate in whom… Read More

Rare Bird Reading Group Guide

rarebird reading group guide“Profound, tender, honest-and utterly unforgettable.” -Gretchen Rubin, author or #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project

“A masterpiece of hope, love, and the resilience and ferocity of the human spirit.” -From the foreword by Glennon Doyle Melton, New York Times best-selling author of Carry On, Warrior

Read Rare Bird together with your book club or small group.  DOWNLOAD discussion questions: Rare Bird_Readers Guide


You Know Your Faith Is Shifting When…

Years ago, almost every person in my circle of friends went to church. Sometimes a person would leave one church for another due to a preference for a different type of worship music, or a more active kids program, or some other uncomplicated reason. Even when someone would change churches, we would still attend the same Bible study or small group; we still shared core beliefs in common. Other times, friends would move away but the first thing they looked… Read More


19 Ways to Tell if We Suck as American Christians

I know I speak for myself and maybe one other guy when I say I’m done with social-media quizzes that reveal we’re either Scarlett O’Hara or Rhett Butler. It’s time to delve into something that really matters, like whether you and I suck at being a Christian in North America. Here are nineteen questions designed to indicate how far we might have strayed from the faith once delivered by Pat Robertson.

You could well be sliding down a slippery spiritual… Read More


I Hear You, I See You: Acknowledging Those in Grief or Pain

I’m big into acknowledgment.

When my young son and daughter would fall down, I didn’t say, “Get up! Shake it off!” even though I know that strategy works well for many people. Instead, I did what I would want someone to do for me. “That was some fall! Does anything hurt?” It’s not that I wanted to make tiny things into big things or turn my kids into whiners; I didn’t. That’s not how acknowledgment works.

I think acknowledging people’s… Read More