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We Need to Talk About Racial Issues in Our Churches

On July 12, 2013, in the middle of a segregated city, our church seemed a model multicultural gathering. Our small-group meetings were diverse. Our pastoral staff was diverse. The music performed on Sunday morning had no allegiance to a specific genre. It was the utopia of diversity so many pastors desire today. However, July 13, 2013, created a pivotal change at my church. That day, six Florida jurors acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. Social media was ablaze with both adulation…
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5 Ways to Thrive in a Transient Church

How many people in your congregation will still be at your church in three years? Ten years? Some congregations are fairly static, but for those that aren’t, transience poses some unique opportunities and difficulties. In my own congregation, 20 percent of us left in the last year, and half of us are new in the last three years. I know several churches near me with a “churn rate” nearly…

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Your Church Needs (Good) Biblical Theology
Picture four stereotypical churches: (1) the Prosperity Gospel Church, urging you to name and claim whatever you pray for, yachts included; (2) the Civil Gospel Church, red, white, and blue-blooded, longing for a restored Christian America; (3) the Soup Kitchen Church, where the preferential option for the poor is always with us; and (4) the Immorality-Affirming Church, where “love wins” over doctrine every time (19–22). What do these four different churches have in common? According to Nick Roark and Robert Cline, they’re missing a solid grounding in biblical theology (101–11). It’s not that none of these churches believes the Bible,…

Your Church Needs (Good) Biblical Theology

The Bible is one big book with lots of little books that tell one big story. Preachers must capture

The Church Is a Mess. The Church Is a Beauty.

Come and see a renewed vision of the church. Go and be a renewed community called the church.

God Doesn’t Make Us Nice. He Makes Us New.

Conversion is first and foremost a miraculous work of God.

Jesus for a Post-Truth World

We need to promote a better, more enticing way of understanding ourselves and the world.