Category Archives: Church of Christ

Church – Something is Missing and it’s a Bigger Problem Than I Thought

We got all five acts of worship going but something is missing.

We got church autonomy but something is missing.

We got qualified elders but something is missing.

We sing acappella but something is missing.

We teach the Bible but something is missing.

We meet on the first day of the week but something is missing.

We take weekly communion but something is missing.

We support mission work all over the world but something is missing.

We have a good preacher but something is missing.

And that something is…

How do you complete that sentence?

I have a zillion ways of filling in the blank but the problem is almost all of them are about someone else.

Here is my challenge to you. If you finish that sentence with something endemic/native to church then I challenge you to rethink that. That doesn’t mean what you filled in is wrong necessarily but I want you to change the focus of the problem.

The church is the people. You are the church. So consider for a moment rethinking “And that something is…” and think about your role in making church something more robust. Or maybe God is calling you to love an imperfect group of people who don’t do things just like you would, and that is good for you.

Maybe that something is my own healthy attitude.

Maybe it is my own participation that has lacked because I gave up on the vision or lack thereof.

Maybe it is my support and encouragement of congregational leaders.

Maybe it is my willingness to make disciples and be discipled.

How do you finish the sentence, “And that something is…”?

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.Continue 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

What Would it Take to Get the Attention of a Dying Church’s Leadership? Unfortunately, A Lot More Than This Article

When Jesus told the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man asks if he can go back from the dead and warn his brother. Jesus said even if a dead man rises and goes back to warn them they won’t listen. They have Moses and the prophets. If that isn’t enough, itContinue 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

One Word for A Better Future for Churches of Christ

Humility. Humility. We have traditionally been a very proud bunch. Proud we don’t act like the denominations. Proud that our doctrine is pure. Proud we are the only ones going to heaven. Proud that we are sound. Proud that we are acappella. Proud that we have biblical leadership right. Proud that we aren’t like others.Continue Reading

Church Co-Dependency Characteristics

In her book, Codependent No More, Melody Beattie makes clear being co-dependent “does not mean we’re bad, defective, or inferior. Some of us learned these behaviors as children. Other people learned them later in life. We may have learned some of these things from our interpretation of religion…most of us started doing these things outContinue 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

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