Questions about the Creeds [Part 1] Did Jesus descend into hell?

One of the most puzzling articles in the Apostles' Creed is the sentence "he descended into hell, the third day rose again from the dead." As our congregation has started to study the creeds, confessions, and catechisms of the reformed tradition I've started to receive questions about what some of our confessions mean. What does this … Continue reading Questions about the Creeds [Part 1] Did Jesus descend into hell?

Making a life or making a living?

Imagine sitting down with a financial planner and in addition to totaling your bank accounts and mapping your investments, you also mapped your significant relationships and explored your relationship to your home.

The dangerous work of ministry

The way I was going about doing the work of God was destroying the work of God in me.  -Anonymous Pastor I love pastors. Really. Yes, I know that in our current moment it is more hip to be cynical of religious institutions and to reject the notion of religious authority. I get it. And … Continue reading The dangerous work of ministry

How to train key leaders as disciples and leaders

Last week I joined staff and area directors from sixteen campuses, along with our executive coaches, for training in ministry building. It was the best training of my ministry career. One of the things that made it powerful was the synergy that emerged from sharing the experience with one of my direct reports and our … Continue reading How to train key leaders as disciples and leaders

Five reasons the church should care about the arts

The evangelical church must make significant progress in valuing and embracing the arts. This is the case both because the arts are inherently valuable (they're valuable because of what they are as well as what they do) and because the arts play a critical role in the formation of culture.