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How to Bring Joy to Your City

The City of Vancouver

I love that part of the story of the early church in which God allows persecution to scatter the Christians from Jerusalem like ants. The Bible says that everywhere they went, they preached the gospel (see Acts chapter 8). Phillip, in particular, headed to a city in Samaria and became the earliest …

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Living In Continual Repentance

The Protestant Reformation's beginning is usually marked by the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenburg on October 31, 1517. He began the document with these words, When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt. 4:17), he willed the entire life of …

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Fast, Fluid, Flexible… and Flourishing

World War Z

Movement is life. I recently watched the blockbuster hit, World War Z. I had been anticipating it for a long time, and it didn't fail to impress me with it's non-stop intensity starting two minutes in and not ending until the credits roll. There is a moment when Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is trying to give …

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Getting Off the Wrong Path

Danger. Wrong Way. Turn Back.

You are where you are because you have followed a path. You've made a series of choices that have brought you to your current spot on life's map, and the Bible lets us know that our default direction is always down the wrong path. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own …

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Throw Off the Leisure Suit: Get Unstuck!

Hang Up the Leisure Suit: Get Unstuck

Tony Morgan has released some pretty great books, many of which are available as free ebooks (which are actually books, but with an "e"). He's just released a new follow-up book and it's well worth checking out. Here's his description: The first eBook in this series, The Leisure Suit Trap: 8 Reasons Your …

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We Need That Old Time Religion!

oldtime

I'm writing this article to a generation that might never have heard the old song, Old Time Religion (so I included a clip from an old movie for you). I grew up in an old-fashioned church. We had an old building, built in 1833, and an old cemetery with civil war era headstones. We sang old songs on old …

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The Difference Between Launching and Orbiting

Space Shuttle Launch

If you've ever watched a space shuttle launch, you know that it's an enormous production. A ton of preparation goes into the event, potentially millions of eyes are watching, and there is a tremendous risk being taken that results in the payoff of having a shuttle in orbit. And when you see the shuttle on the …

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Jolt! by Phil Cooke. Make Change Work For You

Jolt! Get the Jump On a World That's Constantly Changing

Change is guaranteed to be consistent. Our personal growth is not. I first met Phil Cooke at a conference at Prestonwood Baptist Church a few years ago where he signed a copy of another of his books for me - Branding Faith. Listening to Phil speak to our breakout session about media and branding fed my …

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Everything Is Changing Again!

Planting & Growth

That's how God keeps growing us. He never lets us sit still. Even if we spend our entires lives in one place geographically, things are changing inside us and around us all the time. Our family has been through a lot of changes over the last year and a half. We've added Sam to the family and moved across the …

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Kill Your Church's Innovation In One Sentence

I couldn't help but think immediately about churches when I read Seth Godin's post today... That's not the way we do things around here. …

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