All posts by Matthew LaPine

Dr. Matthew LaPine (PhD Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Director of Equipping at CityLight Church in Omaha, NE. Follow him on Twitter at @matthewalapine.


Preventing Destructive Leadership: Some Reflections for Elders

We ought to be aware by now of the danger of destructive leaders. 2020 brought two important books addressing the issue, Chuck DeGroat’s When Narcissism Comes to the Church and Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer’s A Church Called Tov. Russell...

/ September 7, 2022

The Logic of the Body

Making ourselves vulnerable is dangerous. It’s dangerous because many of us have theological lenses that prohibit us from seeing those who are emotionally overwhelmed as deserving compassion. Too often we see their anxiety, depression, or anger as guilty until proven...

/ October 22, 2020

Seeing Jack: The Prodigal in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead

‘For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him?’ In every important way we are such secrets from each other, and I do believe that there is a separate...

/ March 30, 2020

On Being a Church for the Weak

“How many BTU’s you rocking?” my co-worker ribbed on my boss’s deck. For a mid-2007 loan officer success was partly measured in British Thermal Units (the performance measure for gas grilling). The grill, the plasma, and the car were all...

/ May 21, 2019