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Author Chuck Warnock

Even though we are in the midst of a Christian publishing boom, writers often overlook their most obvious audience: their own congregations. I hate to break this news to all of us aspiring writers, but most of us are not going to write the next “Purpose-Driven Life,” “Love Wins” or any other best-seller. But why […] Read More

If you think the Supreme Court’s ruling on public prayer is an unqualified win for Christians, you might want to reconsider. On May 5, the United States Supreme Court ruled that “ceremonial” prayers opening government meetings do not violate the Constitution’s First Amendment. The justices split 5-4 into the familiar conservative versus liberal wings, with […] Read More

The more we’re online as a society, the less religious we are. According to MIT’s Technology Review, a new study by computer scientist Allen Downey of the Olin College of Engineering concludes, “Internet use decreases the chance of religious affiliation.” Downey’s study analyzed statistics from 9,000 respondents to the University of Chicago’s general social survey in 2010. […] Read More

Several years ago I predicted $5-per-gallon gas. Thankfully, we never got to that point. Despite my obvious fallibility, I’m framing my prognostications in the familiar “what’s in and what’s out” categories in sharing what I think (and hope) are “in” and “out” for 2014. 1.  Out: Celebrity Christians. In: Communities that model love for God […] Read More

I have read many articles on church outreach in my 30 years of ministry. I’ve even written a few myself. However, I have never read an article on the ethics of outreach. Maybe it’s time for a look at the ethics of outreach. Here’s why. In Hibbing, Minn., according to a report by KSMP-TV, a […] Read More

Multicultural churches are all the rage these days. Conferences are packed with pastors learning how to start a multicultural church or how to turn the churches they pastor into one. That long-overdue trend is welcomed because God is the God of diversity. In light of God’s call to reconciliation, churches ought to reflect the diversity […] Read More

If Reformation Sunday is about anything, it’s about big theology. Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli and John Knox loom large as veritable giants in the history of the church. These Reformers crafted big, new theologies to differentiate their beliefs from the dogma of the dominant Roman Catholic Church. We remain in their debt because […] Read More

Before social media, a “snail mail” letter to the editor of your local newspaper was about the only way to make your voice heard. Now Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, WordPress and Google+ make it easy for anyone to shout out their opinion on any topic at any time. In fact, social media might make it […] Read More

I recently added a new subtitle to my blog: “Churches Building Peace Communities By Practicing Reconciliation.” While adjusting my blog’s title might seem irrelevant to anyone but me, by “unpacking” this phrase one element at a time, I believe its relevance to churches and church leaders will become clear. Let’s start with the word “churches.” While […] Read More

First it was vampires; now it is zombies. Our appetite for the bizarre and scary seems to know no end. Of course, film-wise, it all started in 1968 when George Romero directed the cult classic, “Night of the Living Dead.” Even the Library of Congress has recognized that film as a giant in its genre […] Read More