The Clergy-Laity Thing is a Problem

The Clergy-Laity Thing is a Problem

I have been writing a series of posts on Christendom and have shared both some of the positives as well as some of the negatives. Today we’ll start getting into some specifics. One of Christendom’s most enduring legacies is creating a professional...
A Feature or a Bug?

A Feature or a Bug?

As you may have read, I completed a dissertation this summer. The topic was something I have been thinking about for a while. In the paper, I summarised the problem I was addressing with the word Hierarchy. However, I wanted to address issues of authority, abuse...
No, the Buck Should Not Stop with You.

No, the Buck Should Not Stop with You.

A few years ago, I was talking with an individual about working together to plant a church. While the process was exciting, we eventually decided not to move forward together. We simply had too many areas where we didn’t mesh. Two issues that made it a no-go for me...
An Unexpected Option

An Unexpected Option

I wrote last week about my first job offer, which wasn’t actually a job offer. I wanted to share a second story about a real opportunity that has often made me wonder what if.    Because our primary focus was university ministry for our entire time in...
How Would Jesus Wear His Baseball Cap?

How Would Jesus Wear His Baseball Cap?

I don’t think I’m a curmudgeon. But there are days… Over the past few days as I’ve logged into an online bible to track my daily reading, the first thing that shows up are various reading plans. For some reason though, the one that has been highlighted lately is...

Heading to Texas

Tomorrow morning I get on a plane and fly to Austin, TX. I’ll be there for less than 48 hours before heading down closer to San Antonio for a conference with Communitas Leaders. It is a bit weird because church planting in Dublin is my main work (& passion), but...

The Bishop and the Singer

After seeing headlines all weekend saying “Bishop Apologizes for touching Ariana Grande,” I watched the video.  I am angry. I am frustrated. There are a number of things this brought up for me… 1) The bishop’s behaviour was completely inappropriate. To watch a...