Even the Worst: Preparing for the Lord’s Supper

    The church at Corinth was a basket case–maybe one of the worst churches in the Apostle Paul’s experience. They were selfish. They were snobbish. They were segregated. They were sexually perverted. They were theologically undisciplined. They were unloving. They were divisive and argumentative. With that knowledge of the church, Paul talks about what … More Even the Worst: Preparing for the Lord’s Supper

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Killing Racism: With Counter-cultural Gospel Ministry

Part 4 in a continuing series. Links to previous posts include:  Introduction: “Fighting Racism with the Gospel” Part 1: “Ending Racism with Counter-cultural Gospel Ministry“ Part 2: “Ending Racism with Counter-Cultural Gospel Ministry: Part 2“ Part 3: “Ending Racism: Rethinking the Suburban Church: Part 3“ Six Core Values for Multi-Ethnic Ministry What were the foundational pillars upon … More Killing Racism: With Counter-cultural Gospel Ministry

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Ending Racism with Counter-culture Gospel Ministry: Part 2

Part 2 An excerpt from, an essay I wrote in 2009 for the John Fuder and Noel Castellanos book, A HEART FOR THE COMMUNITY: NEW MODELS FOR URBAN AND SUBURBAN MINISTRY. Discussion and critique invited. See yesterday’s post for part 1. My Journey I grew up as a teenager in the idealistic and embryonic dawning of … More Ending Racism with Counter-culture Gospel Ministry: Part 2

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Gratitude is Great but . . .

This: “. . . in Hebrews 11 we find the saints of the Old Testament commended again and again because their obedience was motivated by faith. ‘By faith’ Abraham ‘obeyed’ (11:8); ‘by faith’ Noah ‘prepared an ark’ (11:7); ‘by faith’ Moses ‘left Egypt’ (11:27); ‘by faith’ others ‘performed; acts of rightousness’ (11:33). But we find … More Gratitude is Great but . . .

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Salt Restrains the Process of Corruption

Jesus, A.D. 32 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.”  (Matthew 5:13) Salt restrains the process of corruption. “In the days before refrigeration, sailors who took meat on long voyages used salt as a … More Salt Restrains the Process of Corruption

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“Why We Should Stop Funding Church Plants”

Here is a MUST READ article for all church planting leaders from the folks at Gravity Leadership. It is a guest post by David Fitch on the changing face of church planting in the United States but it really applies to all of North America. I don’t always find Dr. Fitch convincing, particularly with his … More “Why We Should Stop Funding Church Plants”

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