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What the Church Ought to be FOR Today

Brandon Preaching

As I write this, it’s the morning after a dozen police officers were shot, five of them fatally, sacrificing themselves to defend the freedom of people to protest. It’s been a terrible few days for America. Ironically, before any of this began, I had begun preparing the first sermon in a new series of messages we’ll be preaching at Grace Hills …

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Two Good Reasons to Attend Church This Weekend

Brandon Culture

I recently told a friend, who happens to be agnostic, that he “shouldn’t” go to church. I know. That was dumb, right? I really didn’t mean that he should avoid attending church. Rather I meant that he, as a non-believer, wasn’t under any particular moral duty to attend church on the weekends. Instead of feeling as if he should attend church, …

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Harsh Realities Facing Today’s Church

Brandon Leadership

About 100,000 churches will be dead in a decade and a half. That’s somewhere around one fourth of the churches that exist in America today. Personally, I don’t believe “the church” is dying, but the overall health of the church in America will be drastically hindered by the disappearance of so many local bodies. Thom Rainer agrees, and I think …

Why I’m Moved by the Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Brandon Culture

I’ll be brief. I’m moved… I’m moved by Rick Warren’s prayer. It was nice to hear him pray the entire mo prayer and to call for civility when differing, which indeed allows for differing. I’m moved by the election of America’s first African-American president. That’s significant. I’m moved by what his election says about the sanctity of life. What? Well, …

Seth Godin Shares a HUGE Marketing Lesson from the Election

Brandon Culture

Seth Godin is a genius when it comes to marketing. I read his blog today and was intrigued by what he had to say about tribalism and elections, but it was the last paragraph that really stunned me. It’s what I’ve been saying for months now about our two choices… we get the leaders we deserve! The lesson that society …