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Be More, Not Do More

September 15, 2014

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What is the most important thing God has said to you lately? That questions begs another question. Have you heard God speak to you lately? If not, why? Are you listening? Are you quiet? How did you respond the last time God spoke to you? Did you do anything with that word yet? This summer […]

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Reflections from The Missional Frontier

August 25, 2014

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If there was a T.V. series made about a church living on the missional frontier I think it would be called Heaven on Wheels. The past couple of weeks I have been watching the AMC program Hell on Wheels, which tells that story of the building of the Pacific railroad. The town that accompanies the […]

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The Blessings of Disunity

May 28, 2014

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Our culture is changing rapidly. One significant part of this change is the end of Christendom. Christendom, in our modern sense,  is understood as anywhere the church enjoys a majority influence on a culture. For a long time now the Western Hemisphere has been under the political, economic, moral and dominantly religious influence of Christianity. That […]

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Time for 7 Idiotic, Controversial or Maybe Insightful Thoughts on the Future of the Church

April 23, 2014

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What is the future of the church? How must the North American church change? How will ministry be different over the next 20 years? When will my thoughts go from new ideas of an the next generation to outdated ideas of a dinosaur? Some of these thoughts might be absolutely idiotic. Some might seem controversial and […]

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Thoughts on World Vision and the Latest Unnecessary Controversy

March 27, 2014

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A dozen emails, numerous phone calls, conversation around the dinner table for three days, a dozen blogs read, and hours of my focus this week have been spent on the topic of World Vision. World Vision, one of the leading Evangelical Christianity compassionate ministries, has been in the news quite a bit this week. Not […]

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Fred Phelps Sr., Founder of Westboro Baptist Church Passes Away

March 20, 2014

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Fred Phelps has passed away. This pastor led his small but vocal congregation in Topeka, KS to undue notoriety and unfortunate influence. Their notoriety is undue because their work shouldn’t matter. They have influence because they have damaged the reputation of the church in North America in huge ways. It is hard to hear this […]

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Mondays are for Living in the First Century

March 10, 2014

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When you read about the first century church, does it seem to good to be true? Do the stories about the rapid spread of the church, the impact it had on the surrounding culture, and tales of the miraculous just seem made up to you? When I read through Acts there is often a nagging […]

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Producing vs. Consuming

February 12, 2014

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One of the most powerful forces at work in our culture is consumerism. This is not a new idea, in fact it is a well documented reality both inside and outside of the church in America. Great swaths of our economy are built on creating products and services that people don’t need and then convincing […]

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Thoughts on Being a Prophet

August 21, 2013

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Want to get someone to look at you like you are crazy? All you have to do is tell them that you have been spending a lot more time lately learning to be a prophet. Yep, see that did it, I can see your amused and perplexed expression through the computer. (I am serious about […]

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Mondays are for How Buildings, Pastors, and Denominations Make the Church Impotent

August 12, 2013

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When you talk about your church or the church, what do you usually think of first? Is it a building? Is it a pastor? Is it a denomination? Is it the people? Is the church you think of tame? Is it a revolution? Is it powerful? Imagine that you have never been to a zoo, […]

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