Is Your Church Suddenly Growing? (Suddenly Surging Part 1)

Posted on April 17, 2024

(Part one of five in David Roseberry’s Suddenly Surging series on church growth.) What is Going On? I first read a series of tweets from church leaders citing tremendous and unexpected growth in attendance in their congregations over the last few months. They were not commenting on Easter crowds but on Easter-like trends. Since their…

Readings for Pastors on Race in America

Posted on January 30, 2020

Serving in Christian ministry in America requires a knowledge of the racial history and current reality of our context. We need to understand how people are affected by our racial history and present struggles, especially through the African American experience. I’ve found the following books to be helpful to me for understanding perspectives on race…

Why We Cry for Notre Dame

Posted on April 16, 2019

The horrific fire at Notre-Dame de Paris on Monday has captured many of us. Nearly every tourist who has been to France has visited it. Nearly everyone who has an image of Paris has Notre Dame at the center. Seemingly floating on the Île de la Cité, it actually is at the heart, sectioned off…

Have We Been Here Before? Gnosticism, Nationalism, and Neo-Paganism

Posted on February 25, 2019

“We’ve never been here before.” This is a sentiment I encounter frequently in other priests in the Anglican Church in North America. As churches throughout America shut their doors, culture perpetually changes, politics fray, tensions rise, and faith declines, I share the feeling. This current moment in the religious landscape of the secular West is…

Sorry, Benedict, We Need an Augustine Option

Posted on February 4, 2019

Ever since the Mayflower set sail from England, the idea of escaping a corrupt world to build a godly society has been an ever-present strain in American religion. That impulse has led to more than a few schisms since the days of the Puritans, creating the multi-denominational, patchwork America that we know today. Rod Dreher’s…

3 Prayers to Pray During the Election

Posted on November 5, 2018

Because it’s election season here in the United States, I thought I’d share the following prayer I composed for the election: Lord God, Almighty Father: Watch over our nation in these times. Casting a ballot is a privilege given to us by our Constitution and secured for us by citizens and patriots, past and present….

3 Questions to Ask When Preaching from Pop Culture: Avoid My Mistakes

Posted on October 26, 2018

Pop culture is the known world for most people today. By definition, it is the “popular” and dominant culture, heavily influenced by mass media, in America and in much of the world. At Christianity Today, I worked with a colleague who was extremely bright and working on her doctorate in English. One time, she and…

3 Conservative Christian Heresies

Posted on October 17, 2018

In the conservative Christian movement, we hear and talk a lot about liberal or progressive heresies. But those heresies are the low-hanging fruit of theology. That is, it’s easy to point out that universalism, denying Christ’s divinity, re-writing sexual ethics to conform with popular whim, or turning the Bible into a secondary historic curiosity with…

10 Habits for a Generous Church (Giving, Part 2)

Posted on August 31, 2018

From LeaderWorks: helping leaders do their work. As I wrote in part one of this series, a church without adequate resources will soon see their visions become vapors. Money feeds momentum. It is a sign of commitment, involvement, trust, hope, and even worship unto the Lord! It is good to talk about! That is why developing a…

You Should Be Reading Karen Swallow Prior

Posted on June 1, 2018

Jen Pollock Michel, in a recent article, has drawn attention to the fact that Christian men in large part do not read female authors, whereas women are quite willing to read male authors. She cites my friend Al Hsu, a senior editor at IVP, who states that “women read relatively equally between male and female…