Why Our Spiritual Formation Isn’t Just for Us

Why Our Spiritual Formation Isn’t Just for Us

As we reflect and discover our Story of Now, we recognize the message of love and hope that God has given us to share with others.


One-on-One with Keith Getty on the Sing! Conference and the Importance of Song, Part 2

One-on-One with Keith Getty on the Sing! Conference and the Importance of Song, Part 2

The Sing! Conference is about creating a new song and a new hymnal for churches.


Ed: In addition to the family hymnal, you also dropped the North Coast Sessions at the last Sing! Conference. Is that focused on the Psalms? And if so, why is that?

The Unintended Impact of The Church Planting Industry on Our Evangelistic Impact

The Unintended Impact of The Church Planting Industry on Our Evangelistic Impact

Is church planting still the most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven?


I’ve been planting churches since 1988. My first church was planted in the inner city of Buffalo, New York, among the urban poor. I worked bi-vocationally as an insulation contractor and planted the church on the weekends. I was 21 years old and didn’t know what I was doing, but God worked through it all.

One-on-One with Keith Getty on the Sing! Conference and the Importance of Song, Part 1

One-on-One with Keith Getty on the Sing! Conference and the Importance of Song, Part 1

Getty's five-year conference engages theology, the arts, and song.


Ed: So first, tell me how the Getty Music Worship Conference, Sing!, went a few weeks ago.

Being Cordial Even When We Think Differently

Being Cordial Even When We Think Differently

We must walk in the footsteps of Jesus. To do this, we will learn to love those we disagree with.


Have you noticed the trend away from thoughtful conversation, civility, and compassion? Have you been struck by the increasingly combative nature of communication in the media, the political realm, the online world of social media, and culture in general?

How Christian Leaders Should, and Should Not, Speak in This Kavanaugh Moment

How Christian Leaders Should, and Should Not, Speak in This Kavanaugh Moment

How can we spiritually lead our people struggling to respond in a culture charged by political polarization and fed a diet of cable news and social media?


We’ve all seen them. Accusations. Denials. A nation divided. Social media upheaval.

It’s not new. In fact, to some it may be getting so disturbingly ‘normal’ that they have tuned out.

Dumbed Down? Why Reading the Bible Is so Elusive—Yet so Vitally Important

Dumbed Down? Why Reading the Bible Is so Elusive—Yet so Vitally Important

Three reasons we need to engage Scripture both intentionally and frequently


The Problem with Sacred Spaces

The Problem with Sacred Spaces

Any space can, and does, become sacred when it’s animated by God’s presence and activity through the lives of a submitted people.


Cultures are often defined by their sacred spaces. Think of the majestic cathedrals throughout Europe—their vast ceilings and ornate wall coverings testified to the grandeur of the God worshipped inside.

Why Christians Need to Support Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom in the Muslim World

Why Christians Need to Support Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom in the Muslim World

There is a correlation between these two liberties that must be uncovered.


Although women’s rights and religious freedom are not commonly associated with one another in the world of the 1.6 billion Muslims, there is a correlation that must be uncovered.

Reflecting on Church Planting in the Aftermath of Being on the StartUp Podcast, Part 2

Reflecting on Church Planting in the Aftermath of Being on the StartUp Podcast, Part 2

Three major topics church planters have contacted me about since the podcast began airing.


In one of the episodes of StartUp, my wife Leah is asked about my mental health in relation to church planting. She describes the venture as “inhumane.” I didn’t know she felt that way, but she has seen firsthand the toll church planting can take on someone. It can really beat you up.

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