277 times in the book of Deuteronomy, the prophet Moses writes as a reminder to Israel, that it is “The LORD your God“ with whom ancient Israel had to contend. God had rescued Israel. He redeemed her and made her His own possession, treasuring her above all other peoples, and making her the one through … More “He Loves You too Little”
“Lord, make me know my end, And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.Behold, You have made my days as a handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.” Psalm 39:4-5 (NASB) We live under the … More The Illusion We Live Under
Standing Stone Ministries is a “nurturing and encouraging” ministry that has one supreme goal: to strengthen ministry leaders and their spouses who are weary or wounded to help prevent them from “burnout.” I have not officially started with Standing Stone Ministry, but already, just through normal conversations, two pastors have already asked for the kind … More Standing Stone Ministry
I haven’t become a political operative or a republican. But this came to me by email today as a fund raising appeal for Dan Crenshaw from his wife. That’s not why I am posting it here. In fact, I have cut out the last few paragraphs that give the fund raising appeal. But the story … More Who is the “Buddy” that is Pushing You to Grow in Christ?
Two years ago while I was the pastor of another church, our church started to rethink how we are forming people in Christ, i.e. discipleship. As a part of that process I ran across one church’s description of . . . The Chair The Row and the The Circle I thought it was very … More Making Space to Do What We are Called to Do–Make Disciples
One to One Discipleship Best Practices You’ve just finished your 15th lesson in one-to-one discipleship. It took you 25 weeks and 20 actual meetings but now that it is done you’re not sure John is ready to train someone else. What’s next? What is your next move with/for John? First, some analysis: Reasons John might … More Discipleship: What Next?
We are planting a new church in Rock Hill, SC focused on the southwest corner of town. Our community is the three-mile radius surrounding South Pointe High School and we are very excited about the growing company of men and women God is assembling to bring a fresh expression of the gospel to the ethnically … More Our New Church
These twelve things, are more important than whatever your pastor preaches from week to week and whatever music is used from week to week. If these results are happening in your church, stop complaining about EVERYTHING else and rejoice in what God is doing in your midst. If they aren’t happening, pray for your leadership … More Twelve Things that are More Important than Preaching and Music at Your Church
This morning I had the opportunity to explore a very familiar text with a group of friends as we came together to worship the Lord and pray for one another. The text was not only a familiar text, it is, for most readers, one of those “boring, skip-over texts”. But we took a second look … More Re-examining Familiar Texts: Protect the Other
On Tuesday I was involved in some on-line mentor training led by Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI). All of the presenters were friends of mine and they did a fantastic job of sharpening our focus on how to mentor the church planters with whom we are working. And like any good mentor, each of them … More How to Start Church