Hugging Porcupines and Other Ostensibly Stupid Behaviors

Porcupine

The Porcupines Among Us Every church has one or more porcupines in attendance. The porcupine is the person who feels entitled to stand in judgment of the church and often acts in a way that is disruptive to body life through their sense of superiority and entitlement. They are not in open hostility, nor are … Read more

What is behind the popularity of Harold Camping?

May 21 Calendar

Harold Camping and May 21 As many people know, Harold Camping has predicted that the rapture will happen on May 21. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that I will be writing a post the morning of May 22 thanking God for another day. My purpose here is not to catalog … Read more

Irresponsible Shepherds Bring Desolation

Sheep with Shepherd

Ed Stetzer recently wrote an article regarding the decline of the United Methodists. This decline is not unique to that denomination, other “main-line” denominations share this experience. These denominations have been in the news for abandonment of standards that held sway in Christendom for 2000 years. For example, The Presbyterian Church USA recently enacted rules … Read more

Great Packaging + Great Product = Integrity

Question Mark

As consumers we know that beautiful packaging does not guarantee the quality of the product inside. The photo on the box often looks much better than the content. On the other hand, with the rise of store brands, we know that good stuff can be found in very plain packages. Visually stunning packaging is done … Read more

Getting off track: 5 Enemies to Service in the Church

Recently I was asked the question as to why there is a reluctance for people to serve in the church. Here are some ideas in response to this question: Misdirected Priorities are enemies to service – We run the risk of making good things ultimate things and seek to find our satisfaction in stuff, pleasure … Read more