Reflections on the American Church and Global Ministry

At a global ministry conference in Beirut, Lebanon, I was asked to share my reflections on the state of the American church and the implications of my observations for global ministry. Here is a survey of what I shared: First, evangelicalism, which is a rich theological construct, has been co-opted by American politics and is now perceived as a political […]

Select Reasons We Must Not Forget 9/11

Politics and patriotism aside, we cannot forget 9/11. Consider the following reasons why: First, 9/11 is a vivid reminder to us all that there really is, despite prevailing cultural notions to the contrary, evil. Evil is real, and is a reality with which we must reckon. No matter where one stands politically with regard to George W. Bush, one thing […]

Trading Places: Urban Poverty and Suburban Affluence

“As a flagship majority-culture congregation with a solid reputation and global reach, we need to be intentional with our voice and vision, sharing power, voice and resources with others, and not just wait until it is too late. In this is the Lord Jesus made famous.” – Matthew St. John, from “The Inside Out Donut,” with Leith Anderson and Brandon […]