Your Church Should Have Air Conditioning and Free WiFi

On Monday, I wrote a neat little story on why toothpaste is cool, minty, and makes your mouth tingle. While I really think you should give it a quick read, the basic idea is this: toothpaste doesn’t need to tingle to work – it was an add-on by an advertiser (not a dental professional) that became so popular that even …

Augustine: Sex, Pride, and the Power of Jesus

Through my seminary studies, I recently read about the conversion of Augustine – one of the giants of Christian leadership and thought in church history. Augustine’s story is surprisingly normal. He was born in a small, seemingly unimportant town in North Africa (in present day Algeria) to a very religious Christian mother named Monica. Augustine’s father was a pagan man …

The Sad Truth About (Most) Everything

A few weeks ago, I went to Monster Jam with my Dad, brother, uncle, and cousin for a fun guys night. It was an exciting blend of testosterone and engines with motorcycles, huge trucks, and smashed cars. I had a great time! Before the actual event started, we went down to the arena floor to meet the truck drivers and …

How the Church is Like a Hardware Store | Part Two

Previously, I wrote about my experiences at hardware stores. As I continued to reflect on my experience, I noticed several parallels between the hardware store experience and the church-going experience – be sure to check out part one. People like simple.┬áLike most everything else, people tend to prefer the simplest path to where they want to go. In a hardware …

How the Church is Like a Hardware Store | Part One

Previously, I wrote about my experiences at hardware stores. As I continued to reflect on my experience, I noticed several parallels between the hardware store experience and the church-going experience. People like to be greeted. Something deep in the human psyche makes us long for positive human contact. The best hardware stores and churches are intentional with making people feel …

A Tale of Two Chicago Churches

On my vacation to Chicago, I decided to visit two local churches. The first church had nothing on paper that I would have said that attracted me. This campus met in an old school’s auditorium – sans air conditioning. The worship band was good, but only included two acoustic guitars and a drum kit – nothing flashy. The environment was …

Think Leadership Doesn’t Matter?

Coming into the 2012 season, the Arkansas Razorbacks were ranked #10 in the nation. Their talent was returning. Their fan base was hyped. It looked like a promising year was ahead. But, there was one thing that would undermine everything that Arkansas was looking forward to in the season: the exit of Head Coach Bobby Patrino after an affair, unethical …