Doug talks about fundamental problems with the church growth movement and gives suggestions on better ways to encourage pastors and churches to pursue God’s calling. Lots of provocative thoughts about why the experts are increasing but the church at large is still declining.
Doug talks about the problem with focusing our lives on trending topics. He examines how Jesus avoided addressing interactions that would have derailed his purpose for ministry. He looks at how we let social media or even Satan set the agenda for our days and spiritual lives.
Doug talks about implementing and pursuing God’s vision for your ministry in the face of failure and lack of encouragement. He talks about his own calling to minister through weakness, instead of through power and platform.
Doug talks about radical faith in the face of profound disillusionment. Why we sometimes have to curse a tree that isn’t producing fruit, so that we can live for a mountain moving revolution.
In response to the trajedy in Las Vegas, Doug talks about why would a good God allow for evil in the world. He looks at issues related to God’s sovereignty and human free will. He also examines why Hell is included in the story of God’s great love for His powerful creation.
Doug talks about being fully human in community. He gives a passionate plea for the centrality of abiding in community to fully embrace the work of the cross.
Doug talks about whether or not social media can replace the role of gathering with a local church. He looks at both the strengths and weaknesses of social media community.
Doug talks about The Dark Side of Community. He looks at dealing with spiritual and physical abuse within the community of God. Doug also addresses the unique and often misunderstood challenges of ministering with people who have been abused.
Doug talks about elements that must be present in every healthy church. He also shares a sacred story about watching a church die before his very eyes.
Doug talks about the accountablity of our modern day Christian communication and the formation of Scripture.