The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

The church is messy, isn’t it? When I look around, I see that we’re often unsafe for the hurting, unkind to those who don’t see the world the way we do, and unlike Jesus in how we relate to people. We often tack our nationalism, patriotism, racism,...
The Joy of Face-to-Face Fellowship

The Joy of Face-to-Face Fellowship

Things are so weird, right now, for the church and those who lead her ministry. For weeks now, we’ve all been scrambling to figure out how to transfer ministry from our normal, face-to-face environment into an entirely online (or in some cases, drive-in)...
How God Built Himself a House

How God Built Himself a House

“Does God live up there?” When I pastored a church that ran a preschool, that’s what one little girl asked me during a chapel service, pointing to the area above and behind the choir loft where the baptistry was located. In her innocence, she assumed...
Jesus is Building His Church

Jesus is Building His Church

The church shouldn’t be here. I just doesn’t work. At least not in terms of how movements generally go. Organizations led by highly qualified people grow, but not those run by misfits. Not those started by charismatic leaders who left early on in the...
Jesus Started a Church for Misfits

Jesus Started a Church for Misfits

If I were going to start an organization that would fix all of the world’s biggest problems, I’d need to hire the best and brightest. I’d look for people of character, for sure, but I’d also look for people with the right blend of education and...
The Church Jesus Started is a Generosity Movement

The Church Jesus Started is a Generosity Movement

I love the church. And I don’t love it nearly as much as Jesus loves the church. He’s the One who died for her. We often evaluate the church today as an institution. We’ll talk about what’s wrong with the church, what’s right with the...
The Two Big Reasons Why Believers Give Praise to God

The Two Big Reasons Why Believers Give Praise to God

We’re a pragmatic society. Meaning, we usually don’t invest time into doing something unless we can see the personal benefit of it, the more immediate the better. And pragmatism isn’t all bad. Sometimes the right question to ask is, what will get me...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...
What Life-Giving Labels Are You Proudly Wearing?

What Life-Giving Labels Are You Proudly Wearing?

Leader and loser are both labels. One, I avoid and the other, I wear gladly. Derwin L. Gray wrote a fantastic book about living under labels called Limitless Life, and I once turned his book into a sermon series. It was a huge hit because we all live under the...

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