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May 1, 2014
Church Planting

Replant: Book and Case Study: Redeemer Fellowship Kansas City

We need a lot more churches that are willing to be planted and grow alongside dying churches.
Replant: Book and Case Study: Redeemer Fellowship Kansas City

My friends Darrin Patrick and Mark DeVine recently authored a fascinating book, Replant: How a Dying Church Can Grow Again, which releases today.

I had the privilege of writing the foreword to the book, which I have pasted below my opening comments.

The book is worth ...

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May 1, 2014
Thinkers

Biblical Illiteracy and the Knowledge of God (Part 1) by Toby Jennings

Dr. Toby Jennings expresses his concerns regarding biblical illiteracy and the affect it has on the knowledge of God.
Biblical Illiteracy and the Knowledge of God (Part 1) by Toby Jennings

Recent research estimates that just over half of the American population considers itself Protestant Christian, with just over a quarter being Evangelical Protestant. To what may we attribute such decline?

Undoubtedly, at least one reason is a decline in knowing God, significantly ...

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Apr 30, 2014
Anabaptists

Who are Anabaptists?

What do Anabaptists believe? Ed Boschman, Executive Director of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches explains.
Who are Anabaptists?
Skara Kommun / flickr

We use the terms "biblical theology," "anabaptist," and "evangelical" to describe our faith because these words also grow out of our history. Because MBs have been shaped by other movements that we have found compatible, a brief review of our ...

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Apr 30, 2014
Ministry

Grace Church Leadership Apprentice Team: 1-Year Apprenticeship in Hendersonville, TN

Spend a year with the staff of Grace Church, grow as a preacher, and earn seminary credit.
Grace Church Leadership Apprentice Team: 1-Year Apprenticeship in Hendersonville, TN

As many who read this blog might know, I am a volunteer lead pastor of a local church. The church is Grace Church. We are launching a Leadership Apprentice Team in the next few months and I am sharing info about it for two reasons:

First, it might be helpful as you develop ...

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Apr 30, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/30/14

4 Steps to Destroying Your Church; Religion and Culture; Trinity Western
Morning Roundup 4/30/14
Courtesy of Tim Challies

Destroy a Church in 4 Simple StepsTim Challies

Challies has good stuff here—really good stuff here—but I would add that most churches that I see close do not do so because of their theological drift, but because of their inward focus. But, still, great article. ...

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Apr 29, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement and the Passover: Exodus 12 by Matt Capps

Christ is our Passover Lamb.
The Atonement and the Passover: Exodus 12 by Matt Capps

The Passover Event

The Pharaoh-god refused to let Israel go free from slavery despite the Living God's demands through Moses. Pharaoh wanted to keep Israel under his power. God's response to Pharaoh's obstinate defiance in Exodus 7-10 is breathtaking. The one ...

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Apr 29, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/29/14

World's Most Christian Nation; Church Buildings; United Kingdom Christianity
Morning Roundup 4/29/14
Courtesy of Telegraph

China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 yearsTom Philips

Christianity in China is a fascinating story, and I'm praying for what God will do in that nation.

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Apr 28, 2014
Missiology

Moving Toward Church Multiplication Movements: How Multiplication Can Be Enhanced through Denominational Backing

Denominational involvement is one of the key parts of a church multiplication movement.
Moving Toward Church Multiplication Movements: How Multiplication Can Be Enhanced through Denominational Backing
Courtesy of the SBC

While rethinking involvement with denominations has become popular, abandoning them all together would be unwise. Most church planting done in West is done by denominations, not individual churches, individual Christians, or even emerging church planting networks. The same ...

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Apr 28, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/28/14

200 Girls Missing in Nigeria; The Aging World; Lesslie Newbigin
Morning Roundup 4/28/14
Digital Liberia / flickr

200 girls are missing in Nigeria – so why doesn't anybody care?—Anne Perkins

Speak up—radical Islamists have kidnapped 200 girls in Nigeria.

The Aging WorldKate Blair

This reality is still sinking in—but the developed world is aging. Fast. ...

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Apr 25, 2014
TBN

Some Thoughts on Hosting TBN and a Word on the Supremacy of Christ

A brief recap of my three episodes hosting Praise the Lord on TBN and a word on the supremacy of Christ.
Some Thoughts on Hosting TBN and a Word on the Supremacy of Christ
Courtesy of TBN

If you follow the blog, Twitter, or Facebook, you know that I've been hosting some TBN shows. First, I appeared as a guest a couple of times (here and here).

Then, to be honest, I sort of fell into hosting. I had been on a couple of shows with a good friend, Rice Broocks, ...

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Apr 25, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: April 25, 2014

Times Readers; Bob Marley; He Has Risen
Church Signs of the Week: April 25, 2014

This one was sent in by Vivian Yee the New York Times, who is encouraged that readers of the Times are welcome at this church!

...

This one made me laugh out loud—apparently the pastor of this church has risen from the grave! That's pretty impressive, really. ...

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Apr 24, 2014
Social Media

Why I Call Random People on Twitter

Twitter is not only for Christian in-fighting—it can be used to encourage brothers and sisters in Christ.
Why I Call Random People on Twitter
splityarn / flickr

When I am on a long drive, I will sometimes tweet out an offer.

Basically, I say, "Hey, if you are a small church pastor (or church planter, college leader, student, or whatever else in that tweet), and you need some advice, encouragement, and prayer, send me a Direct ...

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Apr 24, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/24/14

Defending Short Term Missions Trips; Christian Britain; Bible Belt Stereotypes
Morning Roundup 4/24/14
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In Defense of Short Term Missions TripsJ.D. Greear

Helpful article from my friend J.D. Having just returned from a short term mission trip to Brazil, I'm with him.

Be sure to read more on the issue here and get my TEDS colleague Robert Priest's book here.

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Apr 23, 2014
Research

New Research: Most Americans Want to Keep "Under God" in Pledge of Allegiance

What do Americans think about "under God" being in the Pledge of Allegiance?
New Research: Most Americans Want to Keep "Under God" in Pledge of Allegiance
uhuru1701 / flickr

As the fabric of the United States gets markedly less Christian and more secular, evidences of the intersection of Church and State throughout America's history will be called into question.

The United States, in addition to "The Star Spangled Banner," the ...

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Apr 23, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 4/23/14

Tolerance is Our God; Taking Religion Seriously; Early Church Growth
Morning Roundup 4/23/14
Kelly Ida Scope / flickr

Tolerance is Our GodChris Martin

Chris Martin, my blog uber-genius, explains how tolerance is now, well, everything.

Taking Religion SeriouslyCharles Murray

I found this fascinating, particularly coming from Murray.

Early Church GrowthJustin Taylor

Helpful ...

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