Screenshot from Parler video archived by Propublica. Link: https://projects.propublica.org/parler-capitol-videos/?id=XZaaoVqC5BVQ

This screenshot is taken from a Parler video containing another blasphemous prayer invoking God’s name in the name of Trump.

The unique perspective created by the man’s phone being set on the floor as they kneel is ironic. The shadows of the men make an oculus through which we can see the oculus of the Capitol Dome and the grouping of figures peering down on the group of men.

The painting in the dome of the Capitol is called “Apotheosis of Washington” and is (or should be) already problematic for Christians. Apotheosis means the elevating of someone to a god-like…


Things like the young Kenosha shooter and the ambushing of police officers happen (and will continue to happen) partly because most of us (left and right) would rather get in a good zinger than use language that is absent of violence. We would also rather chuckle at our friends’ violent rhetoric than challenge them to speak non-violently.

What am I talking about?

Here’s a sampling of a few violence-promoting or violence-defending phrases and actions I’ve seen lately:

Sharing a violent meme.

Saying, “F*ck that guy.”

Saying, “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.”

Saying, “He got what he deserved.”

Saying, “Someone…


Garrett Ziegler — Flicker

Extremely pro-life Christians are, mostly, among the good guys in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Baptists, Catholics, and Quakers are the specific groups named in the book as part of the underground resistance movement. They fight, risk their lives, and die helping the women victimized in Gilead. They each fight in their own ways, which for those who know Baptists, Catholics, and Quakers seem very in character and consistent with history. The Baptists are rebels in the woods, engaging in armed guerrilla warfare with government forces. …


#BlackLivesMatter

Jason Tilley and I have mostly been silent on Ministry Accelerator regarding racial issues although each of us has, on our individual accounts (and on my devotional ministry, The Park Forum, of which Jason is a board member), spoken out affirming that #BlackLivesMatter.

Mostly our silence here has been due to a desire to listen to Black voices rather than speak, and a desire to avoid the appearance of capitalizing on the situation. We are not looking to add to our audience or gain clicks or reads based on tapping an issue like racial injustice.

The competing tension, however, is…


6 Tips for writing devotionals

Devotionals are a unique form of writing that is not often addressed in theological and ministry education. They are difficult to define. This is partly because they come in such variety. Some are based on stories from one’s life. Some are object lessons. Some simply retell a Bible story in modern parlance. Some are like tiny, expository sermons. Some are poetry. Some use a fictionalized viewpoint, imagining a Bible story from some, non-canonical person’s perspective.

In such a varied field of study, it can be difficult to know how to start and be intimidating to learn. I have been writing…


More Ideas for Quarantined Kidmin — Parts 1–2–3

Just prior to Easter, Jason and I participated in an online meeting hosted by Tom Bump with the Kids Ministry Collective. The focus of the meeting was to gather and discuss the further innovation that will be needed as quarantines and “stay-at-home” orders continue to affect gatherings of all kinds, including churches.

This is part three of a three-part post sharing some of what Jason Tilley and I contributed to the discussion.

During the meeting we addressed as a group many questions and topics. …


More Ideas for Quarantined Kidmin — Parts 1–2–3

Just prior to Easter, Jason and I participated in an online meeting hosted by Tom Bump with the Kids Ministry Collective. The focus of the meeting was to gather and discuss the further innovation that will be needed as quarantines and “stay-at-home” orders continue to affect gatherings of all kinds, including churches.

This is part two of a three-part post sharing some of what Jason Tilley and I contributed to the discussion.

During the meeting we addressed as a group many questions and topics. …


More Ideas for Quarantined Kidmin — Parts 1–2–3

Just prior to Easter, Jason and I participated in an online meeting hosted by Tom Bump with the Kids Ministry Collective. The focus of the meeting was to gather and discuss the further innovation that will be needed as quarantines and “stay-at-home” orders continue to affect gatherings of all kinds, including churches.

This is part one of a three-part post sharing some of what Jason Tilley and I contributed to the discussion.

During the meeting we addressed as a group many questions and topics. This blog is about the biggest question we tackled: How can we help parents during this…


…and maybe for any Ministry…

At Ministry Accelerator we’ve been championing and campaigning for more and better online ministry tools, especially for kidmin, for a long time. At this moment, when every curriculum provider and ministry everywhere is suddenly trying to solve this problem, we simply wish we could have gotten here another way.

We pray that churches will understand that their kids miss their worship and teaching time as much as the adults do and that their children’s worship times are not “less important” than adult worship.

Is your children’s worship less important?

There are a ton of great tools to use. Facebook live, Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Youtube, Vimeo, and…


If you don’t plan it. You won’t do it.

Summary: Churches, Senior Pastors, and Senior ministry leaders need to get serious about sabbaticals if they are serious about achieving big ministry goals.

There are often good lessons for ministry professionals to learn from the business world. As long as you are learning from the right companies.

One company that I’ve watched for a long time and learned a lot from is the social media company, Buffer. I love their attitude of experimentation, innovation, and the work culture at Buffer.

They operate their company around six core values that would not be out of place in a ministry environment.

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John Tillman

Writer, minister, actor, director, husband. Not necessarily in that order. Author at @TheParkForum, @GarageforFaith, and working with @MinAccelerator

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