God Hates Sin. And he has good reason to hate sin. It breaks his moral law. It deprives human beings of their full flourishing. It brings pain and heart-ache to others. It creates destruction and violence in the world. It destroys the beauty of his creation. And the list goes on . . . God’s … More God Hates.
Some of you who follow this blog know that Michael Frost and I don’t always see eye to eye. We are sometimes sandpaper to one another’s personalities. But Michael is a brother in Christ who I appreciate nevertheless, and one whose thoughts and production are worth considering. Some 15 years ago now, Michael and Alan … More Are You a Church Marketer or a Missionary?
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”
Tuesday is for Missional Thinking Becoming a Rabbit Church vs an Elephant Church *comments in red are Ed Stetzer’s; comments and points in black are mine The following are comments and notes from a class with Ed Stetzer. Ed and I were scheduled to teach a class together one year at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School … More What Hinders Rapid Church Multiplication?
Thursday is for Discipleship Yesterday you led a friend to Christ. It was a genuine conversion. He saw his sin. He saw his Savior. He desired the Kingdom and when it all came together, he embraced the King and the Kingdom, repented of his sin and placed his faith in the resurrected Christ and His … More So He Converted. Now What? (or What do you feed an infant Christian?)
Missional Moments This is what I have been driving at in my church planting classes, in my preaching, in my blogging (see all of the Intensely Local posts for instance), in all of the seminars and conferences I have done over the last decade. WE NEED TO LISTEN TO OUR COMMUNITIES. Michael Frost says it … More Michael Frost and The Skill Most Church Planters (and Churches) Neglect
If you don’t have time now, okay. But carve out some time and watch this video. We grow and mature in Christ but we often lose a purity in relation to our first-love faith. But God, who loves us, who is faithful when we are not, who covers all our sins with the cleansing blood … More Please, Please Watch this Video.
Mondays are for Discussion Ed Stetzer led a tremendous discussion on missional leadership over the last five weeks at his blog (http://edstetzer.com). If you want a basic class on the “missional conversation” go back and read some, all, or selected posts at Ed’s site on the last five Missional Mondays Posts (Part 1-5). Don’t forget … More What is Missional Leadership?
Here’s a great article on how the initial DNA of a church plant is affected by the forms it chooses to use to accomplish its mission of reaching the lost for the Kingdom of Christ. You may not agree with all that is said, but it would be wise to wrestle hard with the concepts related here. Includes … More Growth Culture vs Reproductive Culture in Church Planting