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There’s a new Tear Gas and Gumdrops podcast episode live in iTunes today!

Secrets I'm afraid to tell my church.

Kyle and I share about some of the things we’re afraid to talk about….like how I am afraid to admit that I don’t really care about sports, or how sometimes we feel life people don’t like us.

This one’s from the heart, folks.

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In their book The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World authors Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk state that “discontinuous change” is the defining feature of the environment where church leadership takes place. Such change requires new, rather than simply adjusted, forms of leadership. The book describes the course a church takes as it navigates change, and describes the type of leadership that such change requires.

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Often, unmarried feel unwanted in the local church. The incessant marriage analogies. The awkward moment when you meet someone and have to say “actually, I don’t have any kids.” The constant guilt related to sexuality.

This BONUS VALENTINES episode is based on my blog post 7 Things Singles Need from the Church (A Valentines Post). We discuss the post as well as a TON of great responses on Facebook.

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A new episode of Tear Gas and Gumdrops is live today!

The episode is entitled “Church Planting: A Good Thing After Lots Of Therapy.” In this episode, Kyle interviews me on why I’m out planting churches after a few tough years.

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The term “Third Place” caught on after Ray Oldenburg’s 1989 book The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community. Like many books since, Oldenburg outlined how American individualism was starting to take a social toll.

“The course of urban development in America is pushing the individual toward that line separating proud independence from pitiable isolation.”

This isolation has led to our need for a “third place.” If the home is your first place and work is your second place, then the third place is the place where socializing can authentically take place. For many, the need for such places was immediately recognizable. It resulted in a number of social experiments, most notably, the explosion of Starbucks.

It didn’t take long for thought leaders in churchworld to grab on to this. Churches started building in coffee kiosks and books about how churches can be more like Starbucks started showing up. Continue Reading…