8 Ideas for Fall and Winter Outreach to Your Community Footballs are flying through the air. The NHL season has started. The NBA season has started. College football is already mid-season. College Basketball is about to start. Next week, the World Series will start. Whether you like sports or not, all these things are signs … More Fall and Winter Outreach Ideas
Over the years, consulting with many churches, pastoring three, planting one, overseeing the planting of seven others, I have come to the conclusion that many in our churches have a misunderstanding of and a conflation of terms when they talk about outreach and evangelism. They are different. They may be handmaids to one another but … More The Difference between Outreach and Evangelism
I love this! Pulled this off Facebook the other day and thought I would pass it on with some comment and an idea or two or . . . (we’ll see). It is the latest attempt to try to do something that is kind of a “pay-it-forward” and hope it goes viral. So, first, the … More Loving Neighbors at Christmas
Sunday Afternoon Musings I am away, making my first ever trip to Israel. While I am gone I have prepared a series of re-posts comprised of some of the most downloaded and viewed pages of the last 5 years. Keep me in prayer for the next 10 days. I am looking forward to walking the streets of … More Making Disciples with Asparagus
Wednesday is for Thinking The world needs to be evangelized. It needs the good news of the gospel. It needs Jesus. We can care for the world and still fail to give them what they really need. This post from five years ago is more relevant today than ever. For more see: Emphasis on Justice … More Emphasis on Justice and City-Transformation is Not Enough
Pitchers and catchers have reported to Spring Training which means now is the time to begin praying and planning for what you and your church will do to take the gospel to your community. Here’s a grab bag of 7 ideas for your Spring outreach. Spring clean up: Find the oldest, neediest, or maybe the couple with … More 7 Ideas for Spring Outreach to Your Community
Weekend Musings Story out about a church that is reaching out to people in the community who might not otherwise go to church–they are live-streaming their worship service into a local bar with a camera set up in the bar that also plays back at the church so worshipers there can see the worshipers at … More Preaching Christ in a Tavern: The Place for Good News?
The mail just arrive and I just read the story of a young pastor in Pennsylvania giving props to his seminary in an interview conducted for the seminary’s constituents. Somehow, though I have never attended this particular seminary, I am on the mailing list. Here’s one of the questions in the interview: What are you … More Pastors in America are Failing Their Congregations
Monday Discussion “Followers of Christ who do not follow him to the lost are not his followers; they are followers of a figment of their imagination but not the Christ of Scripture.” cf. Matthew 4:19 Look it up for yourself. I dare you. Any thoughts?
“It is Hard to Go to Heaven in America”.