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Uncomfortability

We are some of the only people in the history of the world to live a semi-comfortable life without having to try that hard. Until the last few generations people had to work for their food. By the sweat of their own brow and the work of their own hands food came from the ground. If they didn’t work they didn’t eat.

What we think is uncomfortable today would have been a cake walk for them. What we have to adjust our minds to is that being uncomfortable is normal. The cosmetics people don’t want you to think that. The pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to think that. It could even be your therapist doesn’t want want you to think that. But it’s true.

If you want to grow get used to being uncomfortable. Clinging to comfort is the fastest way to die. It isn’t any way to live. Life lived unchallenged is life not lived to potential.

This isn’t a guilt trip. It isn’t a kick. It is life in context of all the generations before us who would say how easy we had it. No one will force us to try. No one will live our lives for us. We need to stretch. We need to grow. We need change. Everything else is one step closer to dying.

This is not just true of us as individuals. It is true of our churches as well. Leadership stuck on keeping people comfortable is leadership that is managing a slow and agonizing death.

What is the Hardest Thing About Following Jesus?

We will all answer this question with different answer. I am curious how you would answer it. For me it is not being in charge. I don’t get to set the direction. I don’t get to chart the course. Jesus is in charge and he is on the move. I get to follow him whereverContinue Reading

The Root of Church Division is NOT Primarily Theological

Church split for two reasons that have theological spin but not theological roots. We say that church split over instruments or over women’s roles. That is what brought tension to the system but the system wasn’t robust enough to handle the tension. What is the root? The first root, that I have been discussing relentlesslyContinue Reading

My History With Codependency and Ministry – A Path Toward a Healthier Church Leadership Culture

Our churches are charged with anxiety. They are charged with anxiety because we have set ourselves up as the ones who have perfect doctrine and practice. Once you have claimed that you will always struggle with anxiety because there is great fear that you will mess something up and ruin your brand. The only wayContinue Reading

Churches of Christ in Decline – Seven Things We Can Do To Transition to a Better Future

I posted a YouTube video earlier in the week that reviewed an article by Stan Granberg from the Great Commission Research Journal from the Fall of 2018 on the decline of Churches of Christ as a case study. Stan’s article outlines a number of crucial truths: 1 – Our attendance figures are in a steadyContinue Reading

An Invitation to Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration (June 26-28)

I am really excited to highlight an event that is going to make a big difference in the kingdom – Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration. This will be my first year to attend an event that I have wanted to go to for some time and this will be my first year to teach a class! IContinue Reading

Church Co-Dependency & Naming Elephants: Fellowship

Did you know if you commented on the last post in the affirmative, chances are someone took note? There is a segment of our fellowship that marks people. They decide who is and who isn’t in fellowship. That idea isn’t entirely unbiblical when done biblically but it isn’t done biblically. We have publications that makeContinue Reading

Church Co-dependency & Naming the Elephants: Tradition

In my previous post on Co-dependent Churches: A Major Barrier to Change I talked about how we have several elephants in the room. Let’s talk about them more specifically. We have a real problem with tradition. It shouldn’t be this way because we have always been about the scriptures and criticized other groups for theirContinue Reading

Doing Good to All

Paul wrote in Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” In the wake of a pair of tornadoes there is a lot of good going on all around us. People are jumping in, giving of their time andContinue Reading

Our Obsession with Imitating the Early Church and Another Way Forward

Over time some of our number developed an idea that because God only has one church and that church is defined by the New Testament that the only way to become that church is to imitate the early church as seen in the New Testament. Once we do what they did and say what theyContinue Reading

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