Budweiser’s Super Bowl Fail: A Parable for the Church

Once upon a time there was a brewery.  This brewery had a proud heritage of contrarianism: when America drank dark beers with high alcohol, this brewery offered a light-bodied, low alcohol alternative. It was called Budweiser. Budweiser, along with a few other beers like Miller and Coors, grew into one of the great national brands.  … Continue reading Budweiser’s Super Bowl Fail: A Parable for the Church

One Church, Many Tribes. It’s Not a New Problem.

We used to think that generational difference determined church participation – “Builders” like traditional forms of church, “Boomer” like seeker-sensitive churches, “Gen X” likes a harder, edgier church.   Therefore, when we talk about the Age of Design, that’s just church for Millennials, right? Not exactly. Certainly the cultural zeitgeist shapes the generation coming of age … Continue reading One Church, Many Tribes. It’s Not a New Problem.

Spaceship Earth: Is it Babel or Jerusalem?

Continuing the discussion on the Age of Design….My friend Joshua Long, while ruminating on the concept of the Age of Design, had 2 contrasting scriptures come to mind: The Tower of Babel and Nehemiah 1 (where Nehemiah prayerfully undertakes the task of restoring ruined Jerusalem)And that made me think of Spaceship Earth.  Yes, the ride … Continue reading Spaceship Earth: Is it Babel or Jerusalem?