What is more diverse than diversity?

Density and diversity. Those are the things that make a place a city, at least according to most contemporary definitions. Lots of people word it different ways; some say a city is a place, some say it is a collection of systems, and others say it is a group of people. Regardless, most definitions come…

Scenery, Machinery, or People?

I want to challenge you to an intellectual exercise. Way back in 1957, an anthropologist named Alicja Iwanska gave a lecture entitled "Some American Values." This lecture detailed her experience as a Polish outsider observing American farmers. She noted that these farmers would break their environment down into three basic categories for interaction. Everything fit…

How Not to Use Your Spiritual Gifts

Recently I wrote about spiritual gifts and using your gifts to serve the church. Today, I want to discuss a couple of issues with the whole spiritual gifts conversation. Obviously, I do not mean that spiritual gifts are a problem, but if we are not careful we abuse the idea. Let me give you an…

Foggy Numbers that can Sidetrack the Mission

Last week, I wrote a piece about the foggy words we use in church that can sidetrack our mission. Sometimes, we say things that sound real nice, even sound important or profound, but have little real-world meaning. At best, these phrases keep us from really understanding what we are supposed to be doing concerning the…

One Church, Many Gifts (or How Should I Serve My Church?)

  Have you ever taken a spiritual gift inventory? I have, and I assume many who are reading this blog have as well. Spiritual gift inventories, while a bit simplistic and overgeneralizing, can be helpful if you don’t know how you are gifted. However, they do not address the underlying purpose of spiritual gifts, nor…

In the News: Maine Seeking Immigrants to Fill Labor Shortages

Today's "In the News" post is an interesting one. I regularly point to recent news articles dealing with immigration in North America, especially as it pertains to cities. In the past, I have showcased articles concerning major US cities with pro-immigration policies. Many cities are actually trying to attract immigration because, contrary to prevailing rhetoric,…

Reaching the Nations in North America 2017 is happening, and it’s happening here!

I have been sitting on this piece of news for a while now, but we are finally ready to make the big announcement. Southeastern is officially hosting Reaching the Nations in North America in 2017! Last year's RTN Summit in Nashville, TN was a great success. We had hundreds of people come from all over…