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Thanks to the Churches of the Baptist Missionary Association of America

2014 BMA Missionary Commissioning

I've just returned from Little Rock where the Baptist Missionary Association of America had its annual meeting. With the exception of the one year I spent at Saddleback Church, I've pastored churches associated with the BMA since I was 19 years old and I attended Central Baptist College, a BMA college (one of …

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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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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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Planting Churches and Popping Bubbles

Double Bubbles

When we started planting Grace Hills Church, we moved fast. We had our first public information meeting in July of 2011 and launched in January of 2012. Some planting strategists would make the assumption that we were all about getting to the weekend show and not enough about making disciples. Nothing could be …

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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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Last Night, 5,000 Children Died

World Food Day Child Hunger

Not in a flood. Not in an earthquake. Not in a wave of tornadoes or a political coups. But from hunger. Hunger. It's that feeling that gnaws at our bellies in the morning because we haven't had our cheerios yet. But for millions, hunger is a lifestyle with no hope. Today is World Food Day. It's a …

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The Church Planting Journey Is Rather Personal

It's Personal by Brian and Amy Bloye

According to Brian and Amy Bloye, the two toughest jobs in the world are raising kids, and raising a church. And both tasks are deeply personal. I'm a better church planter for having read It's Personal. It's now one of the books I'll be pushing at every potential church planter. Why? Several …

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How Churches Can Partner to Plant New Churches

Planting Multiples

Denominations don't plant churches.  Churches plant churches. This is why churches should be proactive about church planting rather than waiting for denominational boards and agencies to get the job done. Having said that, most churches don't have the resources to plant another church on their own, so they …

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I Am a Foreigner

Happy Kids from the Dominican Republic

I don't like that word. I don't like to hear people called "foreigners" on American soil. And frankly, I just don't care that much about the politics of immigration. I'm a Christian, a stranger and a foreigner in this culture. My citizenship is in another kingdom, so I'm odd and strange because of my beliefs …

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

Rick at Radicalis

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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