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Creating Excellence With a Tiny Budget

Budget Motel

When we began planting Grace Hills, we didn't have the quarter of a million dollars that some plants in America start out with. We had way less than that in fact, so we had to figure out how to hack some things together, and I'm convinced it's made us stronger. We learned to do the very best we could with what …

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Going Social to Plant Churches

Wires

There is a formula for launching a church in America. Collect lots of money. Spend lots of money getting the word out. Turn the big crowd of strangers into a church. It's easy... if you have lots of money. But c'mon, church planters are hackers by nature right? It's possible to get the word out in a better way, …

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What I’m Teaching at Exponential West 2013

Exponential West

I just received final word about the sessions I'll be teaching at Exponential West at Saddleback Church in a few weeks. It's not too late to join me! SESSIONS Session 1: Going Social to Plant Churches Planting churches requires us to be relational, which means getting offline. But what if real …

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You Need to Know Balthasar Hubmaier

Balthasar Hubmaier

Baptists sometimes miss out on great ancient resources found in some great theologians and leaders of the past who probably impacted our theology as much or more than the Reformers, but the Reformers get all the kudos. Take, for example, Balthasar Hubmaier, an early anabaptist leader. (It's not capitalized …

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Grace That is Really Grace Is EPIC Grace

Epic Grace

Most of the books that I read on the subject of grace tackle it from a theological point-of-view in which the subject of grace is systematically defined and expounded upon. And I love books that comprehensively address grace, a topic with which it seems I'm never familiar enough. But sometimes, I like to read a …

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Let Go of Some Old Labels and Live a Limitless Life!

Limitless Life

I've been anticipating the release of my friend Derwin Gray's new book Limitless Life for many months now. There are books that come along that hold the key to restoration and healing for a great number of people, and I believe this is one of those books. Derwin addresses a subject near to all of us - …

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People of Every Color: You Must See Lee Daniels’ The Butler

The Butler

What have we done, and why would we do it? That's the pair of questions that kept going through my mind as I sat in a theater in Rogers, Arkansas last night as we watched Lee Daniels' The Butler. The synopsis is: As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the …

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One More Way to Outline a Sermon

Sermon Preparation

Adrian Rogers outlined sermons using four phrases: Hey You! (Get the audience's attention) Look! (Examine the Scriptures) See! (Explain the passage) Do! (Make application) Andy Stanley is famous for one-point preaching, but really breaks his messages into five movements: Me (How do I struggle …

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Time: Every Marriage’s Friend and Foe

Time

Ever heard of Daniel Frederick and Susan Bateman? No? That's okay. They aren't movie stars or government leaders or megachurch founders. Their lives are significant, however. They were married on August 29, 1772, till death did they part, 91 years and 12 days later. Daniel and Susan represent history's longest …

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10 Values of a Stellar Church Staff

Bricks In the Path

At Grace Hills, one of the most important things we ever talk about is our Code - our Core Values. We talk about these values in every membership class and in most staff meetings. They've done more to guide our growth than anything else we've written down. Recently I began reflecting on where our church's …

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