The Bookmobile

  Growing up in rural North Carolina during the 60’s and 70’s, reading was a big deal for me. Back then, it was still one of the chief forms of entertainment since cable television was pretty much unheard of in my neck of the woods. And, while the internet existed, it wasn’t available to peons like […]

The Problem With Youth Ministry

I’ve read a couple of articles about youth in the church, lately. One cited a survey by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches that claimed that young people are driven away from church because youth groups are shallow and entertainment driven. The other was from Tony Jones, who is frustrated at “how quickly people abdicate […]

A Dark Night Gets a Little Lighter

Yesterday was Youth Sunday at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. As pastor Michael Usey put after the second service, it wasn’t about young people playing “big church”, it was the younger members of our family showing us how the Gospel was revealed in their lives. The lectionary text this year was Exodus 3:1-6. That may not […]

They’re Leaving in Droves

Last month, the Barna Group published a study titled You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Church.   Researchers learned that there wasn’t one particular reason young people fall away from the faith.  Instead, they found a variety of themes, with 6 standing out in particular.  Here they are, followed by a little analysis […]

An Open Letter to The United Methodist Church

Actually, this should be addressed to the Big “C” (universal) Church because the things I’m going to talk about occur in churches all over the country.  The UMC is just where I’ve encountered them on a personal level.  For the last 6-7 years, I’ve been a volunteer youth leader.  Recently, due to circumstances not entirely out of my control, I’ve stepped […]

Things You Never Hear In Church

There’s a list that’s made the rounds for quite a while called the Top Ten Things You Never Hear In Church. It’s yet another case of Christians stealing something from pop culture and using it for evangelism. Only this time it’s actually funny and it even makes you think. And, not even about how lame the […]