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Mar 31, 2014
Missiology

Moving to Missional Part II: Why Structure is Essential

Having a simple structure in your church can aid the development of a missional culture.
Moving to Missional Part II: Why Structure is Essential
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Previously, we talked about the three steps needed to develop a missional culture. But that is not all you need. Culture can be a motivating factor, but if the structure you have in place doesn't affirm and encourage your culture, you may be stuck trying to restart the ...

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Mar 31, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/31/14

3 Tips for Responding to Criticism; Joyful Mission; 10 Denials of a Declining Church
Morning Roundup 3/31/14
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3 Tips for Responding to CriticismTim Challies

Challies does a great job helping us to consider criticism.

"Mission begins with a kind of explosion of joy."Zach Nielsen

Great quote from Newbigin via Zach.

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Mar 28, 2014
Interview

An Interview with Dr. Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History (Part 2)

In Part 2 of my interview with Dr. Jenkins, we discuss the prosperity gospel and the explosive growth of the global church.
An Interview with Dr. Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History (Part 2)

Ed: What do you see as the impact of the prosperity gospel on global Christianity?

Dr. Jenkins: That is certainly one of the most sensitive fields you will meet worldwide. You can look at this in a couple of different ways. I certainly know churches and preachers who, to use ...

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Mar 28, 2014
Humor

Church Signs of the Week: March 28, 2014

Son Reduces Burning; Hypocrites Welcome; Devil is Your Ruler
Church Signs of the Week: March 28, 2014

Wow. Just...wow. This is an early front-runner for pun of the year.

Similar to the scumbags sign from last week, appears anyone is welcome.

This is an instant classic. So cheesy, but you have to appreciate the wordplay.

Thanks to Jeremy Writebol, Jeff Sanders, and Martha ...

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Mar 27, 2014

Is Your Worship Music Driven by Complaints or Mission in Context?

The motivation behind having different worship services is key.
Is Your Worship Music Driven by Complaints or Mission in Context?
First Hattiesburg / flickr

Having multiple services with different musical expressions has become the accepted norm for many churches. Signs and websites routinely advertise "contemporary, traditional and blended services." Lask week, at the Momentum Conference in Ohio, I mixed it up a bit ...

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Mar 27, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/27/14

U.S. Moderately Restricts Religious Freedom; Transformational Church Book Review; Anglican Catechism

Mar 26, 2014
Great Commission

"All Nations" and Church Planting

How does church planting relate to the Great Commission and Jesus' call to reach the nations?
"All Nations" and Church Planting
hugovk / flickr

The Great Commission. Neither the words "great" nor "commission" are in the text, but the descriptor fits. This "authoritative order, charge, or direction" is "unusually large, extreme, and notable" (borrowing phrases from textbook ...

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Mar 26, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/26/14

Zealous Evangelism; Church PSTD; Persecution of Christians
Morning Roundup 3/26/14
Roving I / flickr

Ways to Restore Zeal When Sharing Your FaithSelma Wilson

Selma Wilson's new blog is worth your time. You can find it here. Here is an excerpt from a recent article.

The Other Side of the Donald Miller Post: Church PTSDScot McKnight

I wrote a rather lengthy reply ...

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Mar 25, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement and Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac: Genesis 22 by Dr. David Murray

In the events of Genesis 22, Abraham and Isaac point to God and a greater sacrifice.
The Atonement and Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac: Genesis 22 by Dr. David Murray

"What does this reveal about God and His salvation?"

That's the question the Israelites, the original readers, asked when they read their Bibles. When they asked Genesis 22 this question, they got four answers.

God demands sacrifice

Israelites reading ...

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Mar 25, 2014
Hobby Lobby

Religious Freedom, Hobby Lobby, Some Pertinent Research, and a Prayer

Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood take their case against mandated contraception to the Supreme Court today.
Religious Freedom, Hobby Lobby, Some Pertinent Research, and a Prayer
Bismarck Pride / flickr

Today, the Supreme Court is hearing the oral arguments on "Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius." The case pits the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) against a claim of religious liberty infringement. It will be a busy news day—every ...

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Mar 25, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/25/14

Jen Hatmaker on TV; Letter to the President; Pagan and Christian Propitiation
Morning Roundup 3/25/14
Photo by Dennis Burnett

Jen Hatmaker Brings Her 'Super-Christian' Family onto Reality TVKate Shellnutt

I think I will have to start telling people that I knew the Hatmakers before they were famous. They were like my favorite indie rock band for Jesus in Austin—I even wrote the ...

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Mar 24, 2014
Missiology

Moving to Missional Part I: 3 Steps To Develop A Culture of Service

Having a missional culture established through instilling it, repeating it, and celebrating it will provoke members to love and good deeds.
Moving to Missional Part I: 3 Steps To Develop A Culture of Service
Lobstertail1980 / flickr

Why is it that churches often get stuck and turn inward, and what can be done to reverse this inwardly-focused approach?

Often times, as a church grows larger (or even just older) it tends to focus on maintaining and servicing what is already there. Internal ministries ...

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Mar 24, 2014
Roundup

Morning Roundup 3/24/14

Generation X Takes the Reins; Church Groups Approach; Why Do Missionaries Quit?
Morning Roundup 3/24/14
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Get Ready for Generation X to Take the ReinsLara Brown

OK, as a GenXer (does anyone really use that word anymore?), I thought this was interesting.

Managing the Downside of Your Groups ApproachEric Geiger

Another great piece from Eric Geiger. Our new book is ...

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Mar 23, 2014
Church Journeys

Church Journeys: Journey Church, Fernandina Beach, FL

Last Memorial Day weekend I was in Jacksonville, FL for a family reunion and I stopped by Journey Church.
Church Journeys: Journey Church, Fernandina Beach, FL

I am catching up on my blogging of church visits-- more coming soon.

I'm out of town (country!) at the moment and will be preaching at Cidade Viva (Living City Church) Church in Joao Pessoa and Church of the Holy Spirit (an Anglican cathedral in Recife, Brazil) next ...

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Mar 21, 2014
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Brazil and ... Minneapolis?

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be speaking at a number of events around Brazil and then coming back to sunny Minnesota.
Saturday is for Seminars: Brazil and ... Minneapolis?
Emily Rose / flickr

I'll be on the road for the next two weeks and would value your prayers.

I came straight from the Momentum Conference in Columbus, Ohio (via Miami, Sao Paulo, and Recife) to Joao Pessoa, where I am right now. I'll be mostly in Northeast Brazil (the part that points ...

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HOPE International ministry executive and authors Peter Greer and Chris Horst discuss how organizations drift from their original mission in this episode of The Exchange.

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