Escaping Consumer Christianity

We live in a culture defined by consuming. Today companies spend billions of dollars to learn and exploit our spending habits. We’d be foolish to think a consumer culture hasn’t shaped the contours of how we think about and exist as the Church in the West. We must reject consumer Christianity. Common consumer habits maskContinue reading “Escaping Consumer Christianity”

Revolutionary Jesus

2020. What a year. We’re not even finished yet. Maybe you, like me, have found yourself using words like “unprecedented” or “it’s never been like this” to describe your life right now. Before we rush to use these words and phrases, let’s pause. Is anything happening right now actually new? The original iPhone was new.Continue reading “Revolutionary Jesus”

Pandemic Paranoia

Faith is paranoia in reverse. Coronavirus spreads and so does paranoia. But this paranoia is not new, it’s just been hidden from view; it was hidden while life was good and “under control”. Coronavirus is exposing the paranoia that’s been there all along, running in the deep currents of our souls. What is our way outContinue reading “Pandemic Paranoia”

Walt Disney Knew Something

Before Walt Disney, cartoons were like sugar. They held you over while you waited for the main meal, the feature reel. Cartoons then were full of cheap laughs and little depth. Disney proved with Snow White that cartoons could deliver something more than a laugh. They could carry a story. The heart traffics in stories,Continue reading “Walt Disney Knew Something”

Living the Future

Every Sunday morning growing up, we had a tradition in the Stacy house. My dad would take the newspaper and circle the NFL teams he thought were going to win that day. When my brother and I got older, we’d mark our initials next to a helmet, and see how we did. Usually the winnerContinue reading “Living the Future”

On Creativity & Preaching

Should sermons be creative? Is it wrong to crave & expect creative sermons? It all depends on how we define “creative”. This I know to be true: nowhere is the Gospel boring. Proclaiming Jesus crucified and alive is impossible to do without joy, intrigue, mystery, and amazement. But what of style? Should we expect creativeContinue reading “On Creativity & Preaching”

A Surprising Kingdom

“Surprise” comes from Old French that means “to seize”. To be surprised is to be trapped for a moment — suspended, seized by a change so profound, so in contrast with the colors of the normal, so unraveling, that you’re compelled to simply stay motionless. Emotion follows. It’s hard to surprise us anymore. Just a century ago,Continue reading “A Surprising Kingdom”

The Gospel for Valentine’s Day

You’ve probably felt it — that feeling. It doesn’t matter if you’re married, dating, single: Valentine’s Day can be strange. Your relationship status shouldn’t determine your joy today, because relationships aren’t ultimate. No, not just because of all the commercialized fluff. (that just means Reeses go on sale everywhere tomorrow, mark your calendars). Valentine’s Day is strangeContinue reading “The Gospel for Valentine’s Day”