Announcing the Big Transition: from Salem to the World

I have been in Salem, MA pastoring The Gathering since June 1999. Over the years, we have been at the center of creating events, and helping Christian ministers to act like regular people when they come to the city of Salem in October, and now the monthlong outreach has expanded to over a dozen events, … More Announcing the Big Transition: from Salem to the World

I know – I go where those who “stopped believing” go

This recent article in the Religion News Service outlines the recent findings by a study from the Public Religion Research Institute. The study suggests that most of those who have been leaving  churches in recent years have done so because they simply stopped believing. My experience is an inversion on these statistics. I go to … More I know – I go where those who “stopped believing” go

Deep Fun: where the Gospel meets festival culture

A week away. We put up the stage. We get ready for the first weekend of October in Salem, Massachusetts. It’s not anything you’ve ever seen before, if you’ve not been here. Costume witches, real witches. bullhorn street preachers, live music on the streets, crowds of tourists, barking vendors, and families here for the Halloween … More Deep Fun: where the Gospel meets festival culture

The RNC a SHAM?

Since watching the Republican National Convention last week I have been reading SHAM by Steve Salerno. SHAM is strong critique of the Self-Help and Actualization Movement. I can not help but see last week’s Republican Convention as a variation on the motivational/self-help theme. Now, I realize that these things are not directly connected. Tony Robbins … More The RNC a SHAM?

Church Life and Sharing Your Faith: Andrew Thomas’ thoughts

My friend Andrew Thomas is an extremely intelligent man. He is a Molecular Biologist and a lecturer at Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales. Until fairly recently, he had an uncomfortable relationship with the faith in which he was raised. Here he talks about the change in that attitude. We met Andrew at HowTheLightGetsIn at Hay-on-Wye … More Church Life and Sharing Your Faith: Andrew Thomas’ thoughts

From Cardiff to Caernarfon and Back

The last two weeks since leaving the fields of HowTheLightGetsIn have been a wonderful adventure in Wales, and in Welsh. After traveling back with Andrew Thomas (who supplied the fantastic canopy tent, which became the late night/early morning Steward’s hangout location at Hay-on-Wye) to Cardiff, I stayed with our Burning Nest friend Charlie Upton for … More From Cardiff to Caernarfon and Back

Christians at Burning Man? Isn’t that dangerous?

For those of you, who are worried about people falling into temptation and acting like a bunch of hedonists at Burning Man. Well yes, that does happen to some of the Christians who go to these crazy places. They end up getting stoned, or drinking too much. Typically they rebound, and keep their lives together. … More Christians at Burning Man? Isn’t that dangerous?

Insanity May Not Always Be a Bad Thing

“Long journeys with hopeful, but uncertain destinations are as tiring on the mind as they are on the emotions. Only the most disciplined minds arrive at the destination intact, and yet, thought Gwyn Dee, ‘losing one’s mind may not always be a bad thing.’” Wyman, Phil (2015-10-20). Burning Religion: navigating the impossible space between religion … More Insanity May Not Always Be a Bad Thing