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The ‘Third Place’ May Be the Best Place for the Church to Gather

Worship In a Movie Theater

Home. Work. Hangout. Those are the three places we do life. There's no better place for the church to gather than right in the middle of the third place - the hangout. Via Wikipedia: In community building, the third place (or third space) is the social surroundings separate …

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Why Gathering with the Church On the Weekend Matters

We need some terminology shifts in our discussion about weekend gatherings of the church. First of all, the word "attendance" implies that church is an event that we support and make happen with our attendance. But church isn't an event. And while the church is "local" in its …

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Acknowledging the Ultimate Gift Giver

Giver

James, the brother of Jesus, once said, "Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father..." (James 1:17 GW) All the stuff we possess is a gift from God, and failing to recognize Him as the Giver is to miss the opportunity to glorify Him in our lives …

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When Things Get Real in a Church Plant

Grace Hills' Second Service

A snapshot taken in our first official "second" service, 1/19/2014. I am humbled! Today marked the 2nd anniversary of our launch as Grace Hills Church. Today, we also launched a second morning worship service - something I'll write about later. And today, we began a new …

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When It Comes to Worship, Don’t Hold Back!

Fiddle

Christians like to talk about church music and call it worship. Church music usually is a means by which Christians worship. But worship is much more than music. We even have our own "worship wars" in which we decide what "style" of worship is right, wrong, or most biblical. I …

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Let’s Fight FOR Worship!

Old Pews

Everybody worships. Not everyone believes in God, or in gods, or in the God of the Bible, but everyone worships. Everybody ascribes worth to something, which is one of the basic definitions of worship. My favorite book about worship, outside the Bible, is Warren Wiersbe's Real …

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There Is More to Sunday Than Meets the Eye

Church Parking Lot

Recently, our staff met and talked about what Sunday looks like at Grace Hills. We don't want to be defined by Sundays, but we want to lead people to experience the presence of God in a life-changing way, which requires planning, prayer, and intentionality. As we walked …

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Approaching Easter Sunday As a Pastor

Easter

Easter Sunday is special. In spite of the competition from little furry bunnies who deliver colored eggs and sugar-induced hyperactive episodes among children, it's still a holiday that is fairly "religious." That is to say, Jesus still gets a fair amount of attention, possibly …

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Neil Greenhaw’s Newest Single Is Out

Not Holding Back by Neil Greenhaw

I had the rare privilege of reading the lyrics to Not Holding Back when Neil was writing them, and then heard the song during it's time in production. I can tell you that Neil agonized over this song, making sure its theology was well rooted in Scripture and that its message was …

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The Savior-Sensitive, Seeker-Sensitive Church

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In 1975, Bill Hybels assumed the leadership of a fledgling church plant that would grow into the rather influential Willow Creek Community Church. Under Bill's leadership, the church pioneered many concepts in the seeker-sensitive strain of worship and ministry. In 1997, Bill and …

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