Last post for the weekend My son marries his high-school sweetheart this weekend. Last night our oldest daughter, married last summer, called our youngest daughter and asked for the brother born between them. Aubre to Meredith: “Meredith, Marty doesn’t live here anymore.” Six words. An announcement of fact since Marty moved into the apartment he … More Friday is for Heart Songs
Thursday is for Discipleship: What should our churches be? “I’m a house church planter, and I am trying to figure out the core essentials of who and how we do what we do.”” “I’m a traditional church planter with a small core group. What should we be focusing on as a church?” “I’ve got a … More What are the Non-negotiables We Should be Striving for as a Church?
Michael Card continues his teaching on how Lament is worship and vital to passionate Christian’s spiritual life. Be patient, listen/watch the whole video. There is “don’t miss-it-truth” for hurting people here. “It’s just dumb, not to be honest with an omniscient God.” — Michael Card
Wednesday is for Prayer I don’t know Rick Alvey and I have only visited his blog twice. But anyone who loves his kids and his wife and Jesus like it sounds he does is someone I wish I did know. Here’s a post he did on prayer from back in June. I hope it will … More What was Jesus Passionate About?
Tuesday is for Preaching For first thoughts click here. Translated chapter one. Collected the commentaries I will utilize: Hess, Tyndale OT Commentary Keil in the K and D Commentary: Joshua Herzog, Battles of the Bible Gaebelein, in Expositor’s Bible Commentary Series. Howard, Joshua New American Commentary Series Younger, Eerdman Bible Commentary pp. 174-189 (still need … More Second Thoughts on Preaching the Book of Joshua
Monday Discussions on Mission Thom Rainer is reporting that a survey reveals the following about American Christians. I haven’t had time to read all of the article but for the purposes of our discussion today, let’s assume that the numbers are right. Only 21% of active church members invite anyone to church in a year, … More Weep, Weep, and Pray until Your Praying Turns to an Open Mouth for the Gospel
My son has left the house for the last time. Tonight he sleeps in a new apartment, paid for by him and will likely never sleep in this home again. His room is empty, our hearts are full, and our eyes leak tears. We are proud of him. He marches on with life as young … More The House is Emptier Tonight
Friday is for Heart Songs I once heard the story of a late teenage boy who came to Christ and felt shame that he had lived 18 years and never read the Bible. He set himself to reading the Bible once for every year of his life by the age of 21 and then made … More Lessons from the Prophet Daniel on Evangelizing and Blessing a Culture
It has been my delight to work with Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI) since before it was birthed! You read that right. Paul Becker and I became friends while I was developing plans to plant New Song Church in Illinois. Paul mentored me and I read the first three chapters of the book that became … More DCPI and 5,000,000 new churches
Discipleship Our first church plant did a survey of the men at about year ten. We found that 25% of the men, (I think it was something like 24.3%), had led someone to Christ in the previous three years. Dan Spader, the founder of Sonlife Ministry and a national leader in the area of discipleship … More Twenty Five Percent of the Men Had Led Someone to Christ in the Previous Three Years