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When Sports Collide With Church And Family…Which One Wins?

Christine and I are out of town for a few days celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Here’s a post from a year ago that was popular.

Some topics are just too controversial for a pastor to go near. But, at great risk, I am going to write about one even though I might unintentionally offend you or make you angry. What’s the topic? Is it abortion or same sex marriage or politics? No, it is far more personal and therefore, for many, far more dangerous territory. It’s kids sports.

4 Ways to Make Sure College Students Don’t Call The Crossing Home

  1. Act like they’re an inconvenience when they are back for school. I know, the streets are busier and parking can be a nightmare, but shouldn’t we be glad that college students are investing in our town and church, even if it’s just for a few years? Isn’t it worth a bit of inconvenience to have them here and for them to get to experience a church community in Columbia?
  1. Ignore them when you see them around the church building or in your kids’ classroom on Sunday mornings. Instead, talk to them when you see them sitting next to you. Ask them questions, introduce yourself, help them to feel welcome in a huge church body that can at times makes them feel anonymous.

How Not To Raise Teens That Are Almost Christian

Research from the National Study of Youth and Religion shows that a significant majority of America teenagers haven’t so much rejected Christianity as replaced it with a poor substitute–one that leaves them Almost Christian. After conducting over 3,000 personal interviews with teens, Christian Smith, currently a professor at Notre Dame, and his team determined that most teens’ religion can be distilled into these 5 points…

When Sports Collide With Church And Family…Which One Wins?

Some topics are just too controversial for a pastor to go near. But, at great risk, I am going to write about one even though I might unintentionally offend you or make you angry. What’s the topic? Is it abortion or same sex marriage or politics? No, it is far more personal and therefore, for

When It Comes To Divorce, Christians Are Hypocrites

The word on the street is that Christians are hypocrites. I’m sure you’ve heard it: “People go to church and claim to be Christians but they don’t live any differently than the rest of us.” If that’s accurate, that is really bad news because it calls into question whether the gospel has the power to

More on Donald Miller Not Connecting with God at Church

Donald Miller’s controversial blog post sparked quite a reaction last week in Christian circles. So much so, in fact, that he has since written a (considerably longer) follow up in order to expand on his thoughts and respond to some of the criticism he’s received. While interacting with this subsequent post point-by-point is beyond my