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Why Don’t More Churches Ask Women to Lead?

I once heard the story of a professional woman who came to Christ later in…

25 Church Signs That Will Make You Never Want to Use a Pun Again

Ah church signs, the perfect vehicles for bad Christian jokes, complex theology crammed into a…

Why Do Churches Focus So Much On Families?

In an era of evangelicalism where there are church ministries built around the idea of…

What Mark Driscoll Teaches Us About Grace and Accountability

Yesterday the news broke that Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle,…

Help! I’m Bored With Church.

Life 201 is a new, weekly advice column headed by pastor, counselor and RELEVANT Podcast…

The Modern Worship Music Wars

Ours is a generation marked by war. I’m not referring to a war with guns…

Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo: A Dialogue on Community

TONY CAMPOLO: Shane, you have become an icon for many young people around the world…

Church Members Anonymous

What’s the difference between a church member and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous? Church members…

Crisis Of Faith: Why I Left The Church

He would speak with an authority and confidence that captivated me. On the edge of…

The Joys and Sorrows of Easter

Christians everywhere celebrate the whole enchilada this weekend—the heart of the Gospel is about the…

The Church Under the Bridge

Crack addicts, prostitutes and criminals filter in under the bridge as the sun rises. College…

Ladies and Gentlemen, Jonathan Goldstein!

Jonathan Goldstein is a radio producer and author. A frequent contributor to This American Life,…

Architecture and Faith—Photo Contest

A sense of holiness hung thick in the air, my steps echoed as I walked…

Jerry Falwell: The Final Interview

Jerry Falwell was a polarizing figure. The founder of The Moral Majority, he married evangelical…

Leprechauns, Luck and Seeing Life Differently

St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland, which celebrates Saint Patrick, one of…

Church Shopping

I need a new jacket. It’s freezing outside and I am shivering. So I head…

The Subversive Gospel

“The Word (Logos) became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:14, TNIV). A…

God, Please Bail Us Out

I recently returned from a fairly large international church conference held here in the U.K.…

Aquarium Christians

I have been traveling around the country now for a couple years, and I am…

Our Ugly Little Selves

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God. Spreading the Kingdom starts small—in ourselves, in our…

A Motley Church

There is this couple in my church who are older, eccentric and given to discussing…

The Condition of Worship: Part One

Reality is something that consumes millions of viewers weekly on television. The American public is…

Worshipping Outside the Square

Lately though, I have heard many Christians say that music not devoted to God is…

Worship Like a First-grader

I spend part of Sunday mornings in a wig of some sorts, usually dressed up…

Uninvited Worship

A similar incident occurred 2,000 years ago. The scene: A religious leader asks Jesus over…

Fulfilling Worship

I sought the ultimate worship experience like Arthur sought the Holy Grail. I went to…

Counterfeit Worship

I was sitting in an old downtown bluegrass venue in Hartwell, Georgia when God showed…

Pop Worship

As I begin, I’d like to explain what I mean by worship. When I speak…

Starving Our Worship

I sat back and reflected. The roundtable discussion spread out before me just seemed to…

The Value Of Dumb Songs And Incoherent Sermons

Church is a strange place on Sunday mornings. Often it seems a dry place. The…

Wasting Your Life On Jesus

[Excerpted from Passion for Jesus (Charisma House)] Your life won’t be wasted in eternity. But…

The Book For Bono

There’s a section in the U2 DVD, The Elevation Tour: Live in Boston, when the…

Pondering God

“When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me until I came…

The Danger Of ‘christian’

I have been finding lately I get a queasy feeling when I go into Christian…

Remembering Christ

"After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among…

Craving God

"He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God…

Why Don’t We Give?

I would have never chosen a profession in fundraising. In fact, I hardly chose it.…

Fighting Spiritual Malaise

As Christians, we can spot it a mile away. "Christian" rock, "Christian" rap, "Christian" pop.…

What Makes The Church Relevant?

As I sat in the pew Sunday, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Well, maybe that…

Call Me When You Wanna Get Spiritual

I woke up with David Vienna’s writing on my arm, a souvenir from the night…