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You’ve Been Called Out

I wasn't exactly Mr. Athlete as a kid, so when we played sports in school or in the neighborhood and captains started picking teams, I usually wasn't first choice... or second or third. But when it comes to my role as a member of God's kingdom, the Bible says I'm part of a people that God has chosen and called …

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Why Talk About Money at Church?

Talking About Money

As a Pastor, I'm well aware of how many people have the assumption that "all Pastors want to talk about is money." The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands of pastors, I can firmly assert that talking about money is one of our least favorite things to do, …

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Harsh Realities Facing Today’s Church

Clear f

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 …

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Three Pillars of a Strong, Dynamic Ministry

Pillars

When it comes to leading a strong ministry and building a healthy church, it takes more than solid theology or smart strategy. In fact, it takes a combination of those, plus the Spirit's leading and empowerment. I think of these three as pillars of a dynamic ministry. Every church needs to be led by a Pastor …

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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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When the Church Is Working Right

Old Pews

I believe that Jesus was the first church planter. I realize that most evangelicals refer to the Day of Pentecost as the "birthday of the church," but the church was really born as Jesus began gathering His earliest disciples, and the plan and strategy for the church had been in existence for eternity …

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Everybody Belongs, Starting with You

Stained Glass

Everybody belongs. When we say everybody, we mean every color, every shape, every personality, and people with every kind of story imaginable. Everyone belongs, even before they believe. It's sad that we have to expound on the word "everybody" to make sure people know that we mean everybody. This is the …

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The Abiding Church: Calling Church Leaders Back to Jesus

The Abiding Church

When I first moved back to northwest Arkansas to plant a church, not everyone understood. Even quite a few church leaders wondered why the neighborhood needed another church. But Nate Sweeney embraced us and has encouraged us all along the way. I so appreciate his ministry in northwest Arkansas, and I'm excited …

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Eight Questions for Churches at a Life and Death Cultural Crossroads

Crossroads

One of our core values at Grace Hills is, "We stay fast, fluid, and flexible. There are no sacred cows. We embrace the pain of change for the win of seeing more people meeting Jesus." I wrote that one knowing that of all of our other core values, it would probably be the hardest to honor over the long haul. It …

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Everybody Belongs In the Church, Including You

Grandma Briggs

I'm white. So when I die, I'll go to white heaven, right? Actually, a Jewish man named John once had a God-given vision of what heaven would look like, and what he saw was more like "a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before …

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