Church, Discipleshp and Christian Living Seven Ways to Love Christians Who are Overweight This is such a needed post. We need to love one another better. Here’s help for one particular group. Why We Need to Bring Back Catechism We need to give serious consideration about reshaping a modern catachetical approach to Sunday … More Weekend Links are Back
Nothing like mowing the lawn under a hot South Carolina sun to remind you that you are getting old. But it’s done. Age wraps its tentacles one day tighter around my dust and reminds me that “today is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”, I don’t … More Weekend Musings on Missional Living
Weekend Links Two days and my wife returns from a good visit with her mom in West Virginia. I’m looking forward to my lonely house being filled with her radiant smile and presence. This week’s links are filled with controversy. Good time to remember that Jesus is in control and is always trustworthy. Better … More Tim Keller on Prayer; Disputing Matthew Vines; John Piper; Kevin DeYoung; Same-Sex Adoption; Christians Under Fire; Mark Howell
Friday is for Reflection Spent the day consulting with a church staff in Bloomington, IL helping them think through some thorny issues related to the direction of their church. Came back this evening to read the following quote from Rick Howerton on Facebook from my friend Miguel Labrador in the cloud forest of Ecuador. Rick … More Down with Churches as Country Clubs
Monday is for Discussion Grabbed this from Facebook Saturday afternoon. Bill Easum (Writer and President of 21st Century Strategies) was speaking Thursday in Baltimore when he mentioned that there are only four things that grow a church and that he had never seen a church doing these four things that wasn’t growing. Quoting Bill (slightly … More Four Things YOU Must Do to Grow Your Church? Really?
Weekend Links Controversy, help, questions, answers, more questions, practical, theoretical, theological—it’s all here in this week’s end of the week links. As always … I link them, I don’t endorse all that is in them. Building Better Leaders / Understanding Groups Five Keys to Saddleback’s Amazing Growth of Small Groups (Mark Howell in Small Group … More Micro Churches; Orwellian Times; Untapped Leadership Secrets; Investing in the Wrong People; Religious Persecution; Neil Cole;
Monday Discussion Last week (Feb. 2012), in my weekend links I included an article with the provocative title, “Why Churches Should Euthanize their Small Groups“. There are some radical ideas, at least some will consider them radical. But there are questions and issues that need to be addressed with regard to the way small groups … More Are Small Groups Keeping Us from Making Disciples?
Weekend Links (August 6, 2011) This weeks collection of links, and always remember–just because I put it here doesn’t mean I endorse everything they say. But everything they say is something worth reading and praying over. Growing as a Leader Stop Focusing on What’s Wrong (Leadership Freak) The Intoxication of Pride (Thom Rainer) Mark Dever … More “I was Never Called to be a Missionary. I Volunteered.”
Re-post: I ran into an out of town Methodist pastor at Promises today over lunch with my wife. It made me think of the greatness of Methodism’s early days and this post from 2010. Revivals change the world, but the world always needs to be changed again. Over time, hearts grow cold and need … More Looking Back at a Revival that Changed the World
Here is the super-duper, expanded, fully revised, expanded edition of the updated chart with new insights from our online discussion. This continues the discussion thread from three days ago that can be accessed here. Small Groups vs. House Churches Small Groups (as generally expressed in our churches) House Churches (as leaders and members express their … More Update Chart on Small Groups and House Churches