The Failure of Numbers (and the Success of Discipleship)

It is easy to see why most people rely on the “numbers” of a church to determine success, it is easier to track. The numbers of the church give us easy metrics to say “our church is successful”. However, is this really the most helpful or even most honest way to look at success at the church?

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Interview with The Lighthouse and The Whaler

In ECCLESIAM’s series on the intersection of art and faith, I was able to spend some time catching up with Michael and Matt LoPresti, brothers who started The Lighthouse and The Whaler, while they were on their most recent tour to talk about how they understand this enigmatic intersection.

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I’m Asking you Jesus, Show Yourself

What are we as the church doing? We are missing the struggle, the pain, the hurt of those around us. We keep saying “come to my church, you’ll find Jesus”. We keep writing songs on how great God is, and the world keeps writing songs talking about their pain. Could it be that we are hindering people from finding Christ because we are not hurting along side of them (or showing the hurt that we have at least)?

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An Interview with Toby Morrell from Emery and Bad Christian

Emery has been a staple in music for many who grew up in the church but wanted music that was outside of the typically accepted realm of what some would call “Christian”. Being a Christian in a band that was not quite the accepted medium of art, Toby Morrell offers great insight into the real of music, art, faith, and the church. Toby, while still touring and making music with Emery, is now a worship pastor, blogger, and curates a popular podcast and brand entitled “Bad Christian”.

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Dreams and God’s Will

Dreams can motivate us, get us out of bed in the morning, push us towards the life we want to see for ourselves or help mold us into who we want to become. But, dreams can also be devastating, disappointing and even lead us away from the life God wants for us. How we understand and shape those dreams in our lives is instrumental to living a fulfilling life that brings us into perfect relationality with God and with others.

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The Holes in our Heart

If you grew up in the church, or have been around it at all for any amount of time, you have probably heard a clichéd phrase about God and your heart that goes like: “You have a God shaped hole in your heart” or “That person keeps trying to fill that hole in their heart only God can!”. Well yes…. and no. The problem is that we often use nice and tidy little phrases to explain such complex situations. The church has made Jesus the end all be all answer for every longing or desire to be known in relationship and community that just does not biblically make sense.

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An Interview with Josh Porter from Showbread

“People who follow Jesus that make art are also thought of not being that creative, as in not really having anything honest to say.” With the release of their final album “Showbread is Showdead”, we here at ECCLESIAM got to catch up with Josh Porter from Showbread on his thoughts on the intersection of art and faith.

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Christ, Culture, and the University 5th Annual Lecture – Brian Zahnd

Join Brian Zahnd as he lectures at Southeastern University and the College of Christian Ministries and Religion’s 5th Annual Christ, Culture, and the University lecture on “Dylan, Dostoyevsky, and Terrence Malick: The Intersection of Faith and Art”

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Bonhoeffer, Paul, and the Christian Struggle

To claim that Christian living is simple is to misunderstand the life of one who claims to follow after Christ. However, there is beauty in the struggle and peace in having to rely on someone other than yourself. The struggle in doing what is right keeps us in prayer; the realization that we cannot make this way for ourselves keeps us focused on God.

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