Pilgrim’s Progress: How Restlessness Leads Us to Jesus

Exile is part of the Christian experience. But our wandering is not without a destination. I’ve lived a tumbleweed life: I’ve had 16 addresses, been employed at 10 full-time jobs, eight part-time jobs, and a bushel basketful of freelance gigs. I’ve belonged to 20 churches and visited too many to count as I’ve searched forContinue reading “Pilgrim’s Progress: How Restlessness Leads Us to Jesus”

The Implications of Meritocracy on the Church: Grace Erased for Incarcerated Individuals

Punishment devoid of grace is not justice, but vengeance. We gather weekly to worship God, giving honor, praise, and glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We declare the goodness of God through prayers, songs, and sermons. We thank God for the unceasing love, mercy, and grace that’s been extended to us, singing hymnsContinue reading “The Implications of Meritocracy on the Church: Grace Erased for Incarcerated Individuals”

One-on-One with Keith Getty on Congregational Singing in the Global Church

The very act of congregational worship is a symbol of unity Ed: Where do your ideas come from when you write? Keith Getty: What a wonderful question. Two things, and both are related to my Irish upbringing. First, my musical childhood was church music, classical music, and whatever influences of Irish “folk” music I imbibed.Continue reading “One-on-One with Keith Getty on Congregational Singing in the Global Church”

New Research: Churchgoers Stick Around for Theology, Not Music or Preachers

Don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. I used to lead, and now work with, LifeWay Research. Here’s an interesting piece of research they just released. It’s a bit counterintuitive in ways, so it caught my interest and I decided toContinue reading “New Research: Churchgoers Stick Around for Theology, Not Music or Preachers”

Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 2

Giving up your preferences and reminding your congregation to do the same is not an easy road, but it is worth it for the sake of the gospel. Third, exegete the culture. If you are going to take the steps to walk through what it looks like to engage a culture wisely, then you needContinue reading “Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 2”

Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 1

If we are really considering others as more significant than ourselves, then we will not insist on our own preferences. Everyone has their own personal preferences. I am an 80’s guy. In fact, I like 80’s music so much so that a worship leader at a church I planted in Tennessee called me “80’s Ed.”Continue reading “Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 1”

Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 1

If we are really considering others as more significant than ourselves, then we will not insist on our own preferences. Everyone has their own personal preferences. I am an 80’s guy. In fact, I like 80’s music so much so that a worship leader at a church I planted in Tennessee called me “80’s Ed.”Continue reading “Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 1”

A Great and Terrible Nation

Understanding our history, and how that might frame our Fourth of July prayers. Many Christians want to believe that America is a Christian nation, and for the best of reasons. Many of the early founders were devout Christians. Much of America’s history has been shaped by Protestant and evangelical values. God has indeed blessed theContinue reading “A Great and Terrible Nation”

Brazil’s Soccer Stars Love Jesus. But They Can’t Thank Him for World Cup Wins.

What a team ban on religious celebrations reveals about evangelicals in South America’s biggest country. In Brazil, the country of international football, the relationship between religion and the soccer ball is an old one. Brazilian athletes have long played with crucifixes, medals of saints, or wrist tapes honoring the deities of the local Candomblé cult.Continue reading “Brazil’s Soccer Stars Love Jesus. But They Can’t Thank Him for World Cup Wins.”

12 Podcasts for Your Summer Listening List

A dozen women weigh in with their favorite podcasts on practicing the Sabbath, the science of pianos, and other topics worth talking about this summer. Maybe you’ve missed it, but Christianity Today produces a podcast. I’m the co-host of Quick to Listen, a weekly current-events program that pushes back against the breathless and instant opinionsContinue reading “12 Podcasts for Your Summer Listening List”