Ideas for recruiting for a church plant: or as my friend Frank Abt phrased it —“How do you go about recruiting for a church plant?” For an intro to this post see yesterday’s post. 1. If you are going to try to start a church by gathering Christians to help you: Pray that God … More Recruiting Tips for Church Planters
Update: The year was 2010 and I was teaching a Church Planting class at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School when a bright student asked a very good question. This post was a result of that encounter. I was asked a great question by a future church planter today. “How do you go about recruiting for … More Growing a Church that Does More than Cook Fish
Monday Missional Discussion One of the books that has generated the most comment that I have used in my church planting class is Douglas Hyde’s Dedication and Leadership. It is one of my favorite books of all time. Over the years, most of the comments have been overwhelmingly positive. Douglass Hyde was for many years … More Communist Party Tactics in Developing Leaders
“Christ died for us so that we would not have to die for sin, not so that we would not have to die for others.” —John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad, p. 77 Quotes from Bill Hull’s new book, Christlike: The Pursuit of Uncomplicated Obedience (Comments in [ ] are my own.) “Transformation is … More Rethinking What it Means to Be a Christian
Bill Hull has Done it Again. He’s written another book that chronicles his life-long journey into understanding the topic of discipleship. There is always more to learn. This book won’t say it all but it does represent the maturing of a lifetime of discovery into what it means to be a disciple. Previous works by … More Christlike: The Pursuit of Uncomplicated Obedience
A few years ago: Back from 8 hours with the Vernon Hills Police Department doing a ride-a-long as a part of their Citizen Police Academy class. It was a good experience. My officer was pleasant and helpful. She took the time to tell me what was going on and didn’t grow noticeable tired with all … More Solicitation, Drug Bust, Teenage Driver accosts Tree: All in a Day’s Work
I am out from 8 AM to 4 PM on a police ride-along on Saturday in the one of the target communities for the cluster of house churches we are planting. Looking forward to the day. No posts till the evening.
I have recently updated a couple of old blogs with new looks and content you might want to visit. Chosenrebel.blogspot.com is the blog I use to post articles and likes to worthy thoughts of others on the intersection of Christian worldview and political/cultural engagement. Frequent “contributors” include, Chuck Colson, Mark Easley, a host of TownHall … More News for the Politically and Culturally Engaged
Thursday is for Discipleship Earlier this week, Michael Fast visited the blog and asked this question: “Isn’t evangelism part of discipleship? It seems like your definition of discipleship is dealing with people who are already evangelized hence the move away from interacting with people farther from God and focussing on people who are already fully … More Two Words for One Biblical Term: How dissection obscures understanding.
More for Wednesday Thoughts and Prayers With the great advance of the gospel in the rest of the world through house churches, why is it that the American Church seems to be so slow to pick up on the trend? It is hard to find a more pragmatic people than citizens of the USA, so … More Why Does America Seem to Have a House Church Aversion?