Why Ninety-Nine Out Of Ten Millennials Leave The Church

As the scintillating Richard G. Howe says, “three out of two people are bad at fractions.” Fewer, I imagine, are good at statistics. Statistics are useful and powerful in telling a story but are often misleading. In fact, statistics can be used to tell any story you want depending on how the questions are asked and the findings presented. And so goes it with the mass exodus of young adults leaving the church. We want to know why. Polls then are taken, findings are presented, and the blogopshere runs wild with them. Thus we find our social media filled with articles telling us the five reasons millennials have forsaken God. And this is fine. Do not misunderstand my point here. I only want to add one thought to this discussion, and it is this. People never give you the real reason they leave church. Continue reading

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Finding Rest

How many of you feel rested right now? Or, how many of you would describe your general state of being as one who sits on pins and needles? In life and ministry in particular, I find more and more that I have a burden to go and do and never feel as though I get anything done. Rest does not…

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How To Leverage Moral Outrage For The Gospel

Acknowledging an individuals sense of justice can lead them to repentance. When we are angry at evil, we are acknowledging that life has purpose. We are recognizing that there is a difference between good and bad. We are affirming that bad should be punished. But what does that mean for my bad actions?

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Cultivating A Love For Knowledge In The Church

if you want to get knowledge into to your church, pour love into it first. Serve your church: stack chairs, clean restrooms, go to recitals, send thank you cards, remember birthdays, cry at funerals, and laugh.

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Enough Statistics, Give Me A Solution

We get it. We know the statistics. We know the trend. We know that young adults are leaving the church in droves. We know they leave because they view the church as a cold, oppressive place without answers to life’s most pressing questions. We’ve witnessed the exodus. So what’s the solution. Sociologists, apologists, and the media have well articulated the…

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Christianity Is Not A Sitting Religion

Will you go? Will you do more than just learn? Will you act upon your desire to persuade others that Jesus is the messiah? You need to wrestle with this. You need to decide if you are going to be one that takes our Lord’s mercy and grace to others or be one that hoards it for yourself. I am…

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Playing With Fire

I like to play a fun pointless game every now and then in which I pull a red-hot ember out of the fire and toss it from hand to hand, trying not to get burned and attempting some neat tricks in the process. More often than not, I end up coming away with a few minor burns on my hands…

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Gremlins In The Church

Consumerism is fully grown. It is a fully matured monster in our society. Our little pet has become a Gremlin (follow link if you were not alive in the 80’s). If only we had followed the directions. How hard is it to keep them dry and not feed them after midnight? Wait, when does after midnight end? When can we…

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Facing The Monsters

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin As a child I would hide underneath the covers to stay the deadly hand of my nighttime fears. Had there truly been a hungry monster with malicious intent and an appetite for small children…

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