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Four Commitments the Church Ought to Keep for the World’s Sake

SBC America

I'm not an SBC Pastor (Southern Baptist Convention). I'm a BMA Pastor (Baptist Missionary Association of America), but I did grow up in an SBC church, served as a Pastor at an SBC church, and many of my great heroes in ministry have been SBC leaders. So I remain somewhat tuned into SBC happenings, especially …

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In a Culture War, There Can Be No Truce Nor Victory, So…

Angry Face

Hobby Lobby went to court. World Vision changed its hiring policy. Then they changed it back. The President visited the Pope. It's been a big week - not for the kingdom, but for western evangelicalism. And it hasn't been pretty. The church is called, in Scripture, the "pillar and ground of truth," so I …

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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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Do You Know the Real Jesus?

Our culture is very familiar with Jesus, but often misinterprets Him and His words. Most people who have a problem with organized religion or the church in our culture don't necessarily have a problem with Jesus because of the image that we have of Him. Typically, we see Jesus as: A holy, religious leader A …

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Why I Hope the Multi-Ethnic Ministry Conversation is Short-Lived

Multi-ethnic Church

I'm currently reading Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz. It's one of several books I've read on the subject because it's a big area of concern for me as a Pastor who is planting a church in a community that is diversifying much more quickly than the churches within it. But I hope the …

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2 Criteria for Redefining Success for Sanity’s Sake

The Stars

What is success? Most people define it in one of three ways: How many possessions do you own? How much power do you wield over others? How much prestige do you have among peers? American Christians tend to blend right in. We even apply these standards to churches and church leaders. Which church has …

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I’m Going to Join Jen Hatmaker In the Basement

Chick-fil-A

I avoid writing about politics and culture wars here, and it's because, frankly, the arguments from both sides often annoy me. Occasionally, someone who writes far better than I do is able to articulate what I wish I could say, and in regards to the current debacle over Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A, Jen Hatmaker …

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One Christian’s Take on The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

When there is no freedom, no God, and no food, people go nuts. My wife and I saw The Hunger Games last night. I don't normally review movies, but as far as movies go, I thought it was good. My wife had recently read the book, so she explained that the violence of the movie was scaled back many times over, …

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Change Your Culture Before Changing Your Structure

Old

If you want to change the trajectory of your church or organization, you need to think about how to create a new culture before you begin creating chaos. I believe that the Pastor of a church is the leader God has chosen as overseer and shepherd of the flock. Nowhere in Scripture, or sheep farming for that …

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When Police Pepper Spray Peaceful Protestors… There Is Hope

Police Pepper Spray Peaceful Protestors

I just watched a video of police pepper spraying peaceful protestors at UC Davis, which led me to investigate further into why people are occupying Wall Street (and plenty of other streets too), which further led me to read some of the testimonies of people who are suffering in this present economic …

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