The Lack of Cross Gender Friendships in Evangelicalism and the Problems it Creates

A tweet led to a couple of blog posts that looked at the issue of why evangelicals suffer because of a lack of cross gender friendships. Evangelicals sexualize quite a bit in their culture. And that can’t be truer when it comes to friendship. This post encourages people to read two posts about the problems created by the lack of cross gendered friendship evangelicalism. Continue reading

Reflecting on Michelle Van Loon’s Thoughts About Friendship and the Evangelical Church

Michelle Van Loon wrote an article the other day that looked at issues with friendship inside evangelicalism. Its about how she realized some people are not friends after all. This is a reflection on her article as I consider my past challenges of friendship inside evangelicalism. While I have two positive examples I was also deeply burned as well. I also explain under what circumstances will I push back from a person. Issues like anti-Semitic behavior and disparaging racial comments will lead me to end friendships as well.  Continue reading

Why Tyler Chernesky of Christ Community Church in Kansas City Should Do a Blog Post About Tom Hank’s New Movie About Fred Rogers

This week Tom Hanks new movie about Mr Rogers is releasing nationally. When I attended Christ Community Church in Kansas City, Missouri in October of 2018 Tyler Chernesky preached about Fred Rogers. In light of this new movie this blog is hoping that Tyler Chernesky’s next article for the Christ Community Church blog can address themes from the movie. Continue reading

Guest Post: Dan George’s Beautiful Tribute to a Friend and Some Thoughts About Loss and Death

At his blog in 2012 former Harvest Elder Dan George wrote a moving tribute to a close friend Mark Archibald. His post recalls how they met and their friendship for 18 years. But when someone dies how does one deal with the conversation ending? This post touched me as I read of Dan’s deep affection for his friend. In the end we all need Mark Archibald’s in our lives. Continue reading

Reflecting on Working with the Homeless at National Community Church in Washington, D.C. Plus Remembering Vondell Bethune Who Passed Away Recently

Tonight while eating dinner I learned that a well known homeless individual of Mark Batterson’s National Community Church has died. This is my recollection of the homeless ministry at National Community Church and my some of my experiences if I remember correctly with Vondell Bethune.  Continue reading

Benjamin Vrbicek of Community Evangelical Free Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Writes a Tender Blog Post on Friendship

Benjamin Vrbicek writes a moving post about a long term friendship that grew out of an EFCA Church in St. Louis, Missouri. I saw this the other day and wanted to do a brief article about this because I found it emotionally warming. Often when writing about difficult subjects when I see something unique and neat I want to push it to help give balance and show some of the unique aspects of the EFCA. Continue reading