Can Kanye West Be Your Worship Pastor?

In our worship services, we’re being led into the presence of a God who has holy standards for both how we worship and who leads us in it.

Justice As Worship in the Prophets

Do justice. That might be the simplest way of summing up the teaching of the prophets.

Three Reasons Men Don’t Go to Church

A funny but insightful response to common excuses for not attending church

Beyond the Veil: Remembering Daryl Coley (1955-2016)

This morning I’m praising God for the rich deposits of grace He has left in His Church and in my life through the singing and song writing of brother Daryl Coley.

It’s Not An(other’s) History

Black history is not an(other)’s history; it’s Bonhoeffer’s, it’s yours, it’s mine, it’s ours.

Singing When the Pain Won’t Stop

In light of his recent move to Washington D.C., Thabiti Anyabwile offers some thoughts on the trends he sees in gospel music. In prosperity theology quietly sneaking into our praise? C’mon up on the porch and let us know what you think.

Elements of Styles in Black Preaching

Over the past couple months, I’ve had the privilege to talk with a couple of seminarians concentrating on preaching. In both cases, they’ve wanted to talk about the distinctives of … Continue reading

The Lord’s Table: Lessons from a Five Year Old

One of the vivid memories I have of growing up in the Black church is the first Sunday of the month, also known as Communion Sunday. Promptly at 7:00pm, after … Continue reading

Cultivating Corporate Prayer

No one prays enough! That’s not just a perception, it’s a reality. Even the most avid prayer warriors I know admit to such. When we pray, it shows our dependence … Continue reading

Some Friendly Pastoral Thoughts for My Friends in the Arts

For some time now there’s been a significant debate raging with regard to Christians, the arts and cultural engagement. It seemed the Christian Hip Hop world might tear itself apart … Continue reading

Merry Christmas from The Front Porch

But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter … Continue reading

“Let Us Worship God”

These are words one would expect to hear at the beginning of Sunday morning church service. If you’re ever at New Life, Vernon Hills, you would indeed hear these words, … Continue reading