Mega-church Worship: Shouldn’t There Be Something More?

The auditorium darkens, the smoke machine churns, the spotlights find the singers, and the cameras pan across the stage. It is the beginning of a weekend worship service at my mega-church. The first time I attended this church, I was enthralled by the experience orchestrated by professional musicians and media technicians. But after being part …

Social Technographics

Forrester Study 2010   Creators (publish a blog, upload videos) Conversationalists (Tweet, regularly post Facebook statuses) Critics (post ratings & reviews, engage in online forums) Collectors (use RSS feeds, add tags, use collection sites like Delicious) Joiners (maintain profiles on Facebook) Spectators (read blogs, listen to podcasts, read tweets) Inactives (none of the above)   …

When God is Too Small: Seeking God’s Greatness While Raising a Child With Special Needs

This Sunday I will be speaking for the first time about some of my experiences raising a handicapped child.  Even though my son, Aaron died 2 years ago, I am still processing God's lessons about power, control, and living with a mighty-sized view of God. If you are interested, join me at First Baptist Church …

Sitting around killing your friends: Just another day on Playstation

It's not exactly the way Beaver Cleaver would spend time with his friends--you know, killing, stealing, punching, slashing, crashing--all those everyday Playstation past times.  But Beaver had his problems too. There was more than one occasion I recall Beaver having to confess bad behavior to his father. Bad behavior, however, has taken on an interesting …

Day 15: Blessing with the “Like” button: Reverent affirmation through Social Media

One of the reasons I began this social media challenge was to try and figure out how to use social media tools to minister to people.  In theory I know it should work. In reality, it gets a little confusing how my Facebook pictures of puzzles, declarations of how cold it is outside and Twitter …