God Loves Big Thinking

God Loves Big Thinking

Sometimes someone comes to Grace Hills from a larger church because they’re “looking for something smaller.” My reply is always the same. “You’re welcome here, but I hope we let you down.” It’s not that we’ve set out to...
When the Church Is Working Right

When the Church Is Working Right

I believe that Jesus was the first church planter. I realize that most evangelicals refer to the Day of Pentecost as the “birthday of the church,” but the church was really born as Jesus began gathering His earliest disciples, and the plan and strategy for...
Fast, Fluid, Flexible… and Flourishing

Fast, Fluid, Flexible… and Flourishing

Movement is life. I recently watched the blockbuster hit,¬†World War Z. I had been anticipating it for a long time, and it didn’t fail to impress me with it’s non-stop intensity starting two minutes in and not ending until the credits roll. There is a...
Discipleship Is a Catch-and-Release Process

Discipleship Is a Catch-and-Release Process

Jesus stopped a few fishermen one day in the Sea of Galilee and challenged them to turn the world upside down by issuing a simple call… “Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.” (Matthew 4:19, NIV) Many have taught about how the...
Spiritual Maturity Is a Pathway We Walk Together

Spiritual Maturity Is a Pathway We Walk Together

God created you to be like His Son, Jesus Christ, and He has a pathway for you to walk on the way to spiritual maturity. Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus formed a community of people who could walk this pathway together and He called it a church. Today, spotting...
When It Comes to Worship, Don't Hold Back!

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

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...
When the Church Is Crazy About Broken People

When the Church Is Crazy About Broken People

Broken people will flock to the church. We can debate all day long about whether the church should be attractional or not. What we should really be talking about is how the church should be attractional. Ultimately, if all we’re doing is putting on a good show,...
Everybody Belongs, Starting with You

Everybody Belongs, Starting with You

Everybody belongs. We care about the heart, not the skin, the clothes, or the body art. We believe the church ought to be a home for people of every color, shape, personality, story, age, ethnicity, and socio-economic background. We ought to be able to befriend and do...

What the Church Needs Now Is Roots. Deep Roots

I want the church – your church and my church – to grow. I’m encouraged when I see the church effectively demonstrating the love of God and communicating the good news of Jesus to a culture with an ever-evolving language. I’m concerned when I...

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