On Meme-Shaking and Memory-Making

I wonder if I should feel like that trendy, thick-rimmed bespectacled, latte sipping, skinny jean sporting hipster pastor? It seems I’ve gladly jumped in line with the seductive forces of relevance that are all-too-present, and all-too-lamentable in youth ministry. But I must admit I don’t have skinny jeans, I received lasik surgery over a year ago, and I…

I’m Back!

After a long time away from the blogosphere, I’m back. The busyness and transition of life has kept me too-excuse saturated.  Sure, Rebecca and I have moved to Louisville, KY, I’m now the youth minister at Middletown Christian Church, and Rebecca is a lead doctor for Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates (Dr. Bizer’s Vision World) [there’s…

Censoring the Top 40 | The Christian Century

Censoring the Top 40 | The Christian Century. Loved this reflection on (presumed) social sensitivity to language and censorship.  I wonder what this might mean for Christian worship (linguistic decorum vs. honest probing of “dark areas” of life with all the expressive tools necessary to go there)?

Church Sentence

So I’m not sure what to make of this… At first it appeared to me that a young Oklahoma man sentenced for DUI manslaughter had received the penalty of mandatory worship (yikes! Hope the judge doesn’t pick your church as the site of tortuous praise). Then it appeared that the unusual sentence seemed to suggest…

Originally posted on WIT:
The most recent controversy concerning punitive denial of sacraments on the basis of political views is this heartbreaking story: the parents of a teenager in Barnesville, MN were told that he would not be confirmed, and that the family could no longer receive communion at their parish, after the pastor learned the…