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Let’s Make Disciples of All the Nations… Today!

Sad List of Unreached People Groups

Jesus told us plainly, don't talk about a harvest happening someday. Look at the fields that are white for the harvest today. As long as we see the Great Commission as some far off, unreachable goal, we will remain far off from reaching our goal. Earlier today, 175 people gathered in a movie theater in …

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5 Ways to Encourage People Into God’s Family

Welcome

I've heard plenty of sermons about how our evangelistic ineffectiveness is directly attributable to our lack of love for lost people. Usually somewhere in those sermons is the phrase, "We just don't care enough." While I'm sure that's true to one degree or another at any given time, I have a different …

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Whatever It Takes, Short of Sin

Into the Darkness

At Grace Hills, we will do whatever it takes, short of sin, to find people far from God and lead them to life in Jesus. That's one of our core values, and it's the one that probably creates the most tension for Christians. It's a value that is drawn straight from Scripture: I have become all things to all …

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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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An Interview with Rick Warren on Muslims, Evangelism, and Missions

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Pastor Rick Warren has often said that “you never win your enemies to Christ, only your friends.” And he’s gone far past the limits most believers are willing to broach in order to form friendships and love a world in need of Jesus. Because of this, he’s often the target of unfair criticism and unfounded …

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Celebrating the Diversity of the Church

Diversity

I grew up white, middle class, and in the mid-south. My high school was diverse, but not peacefully so. Tensions ran high between races, classes, and groups, which was to some degree a reflection of the entire community. I very well should have grown to adulthood with all kinds of prejudice. But God, in His …

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Creating a ‘Whatever It Takes’ Culture

Whatever It Takes

Go ahead. Accuse me of being pragmatic. I'm guilty, just as Jesus and Paul were. I often scratch my head trying to figure out what's so bad about that anyway. Biblical theology never changes. God never changes in His character and attributes. But culture changes, so the means of communicating the unchanging …

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A Few Thoughts on Multi-Site Churches

Branching Out

I have just left the staff of a church with eleven campuses and many more to come. While at Saddleback Church, we helped Mars Hill Church start a campus right in our own neighborhood, unselfishly. We Christians love to do two things with trends: a.) jump into them too quickly and b.) criticize them too harshly. …

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When We Disagree, We Should Declare…

Victory

There are a few options here, but typically we fall to either declaring war or declaring love for those with whom we disagree. Some causes are worth fighting for and many issues demand a debate, but when Christians choose the wrong battles, it gives the distinct impression it's an "us vs. them" situation. …

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The Meaning of Life? Let Me Check in the Back.

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Can't see the video? The Meaning of Life? Uh, Let Me Check in the Back via Vimeo. The day Toy Story 3 was released on DVD, I was at CVS pharmacy where they offered a sweet deal for it, but they weren't even aware of this monumental event. They had to get the DVD's out of the back. Sometimes, our faith is …

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