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Feb 19, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Are You Ready to Change?

Church in California supports more than 90 missionary families.

When you have been doing something for almost twenty years, you had better be able to change with the times. If you aren’t, get out of the way because you are certain to get run over and left behind. God placed me in a very strategic and exciting role many years ago and ...

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Feb 12, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Co-Mission: The Sharing Economy & The Mission World

Atlanta organization is leveraging coworking for the gospel.

A friend recently shared a YouTube video of a glacial calving. Apparently, this was the largest ever witnessed and recorded. A chunk of ice the size of Manhattan broke off of an ancient glacier and plunged into the sea with giant chards the size of the Empire State Building ...

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Feb 5, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: A Passion for Souls: Our Continued Journey in Global Missions

Missions supporting church sought greater stewardship and member mobilization.

Real spirituality always has an outcome. There will be a yearning and a love for souls. – Oswald J. Smith

Having applied four times for service in overseas missions, Oswald J. Smith, founder of The Peoples Church in Toronto, Canada, was turned down each time due to his ...

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Jan 29, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: From Homogeneous to a Heterogeneous Unit Principle

Church in Minneapolis has members from more than 20 nations.

Where would you expect to see a gathering of people from twenty different nations—each in their traditional dress, holding hands, dancing, and singing Psalm 133… in Hebrew, “Hine matov umah-nayim shevet achim gom-yachad” (Behold, how good and pleasant ...

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Dec 26, 2016
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Message of God’s Mission (Part 2)

God is on mission to glorify Himself.
Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Message of God’s Mission (Part 2)
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In the first post I explained that missional effectiveness is embracing the totality of the missio Dei—including its message, movement, and marks—and enacting it in the life of a local church.

I don’t know about you, but I have been on many honey-do runs in ...

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Dec 20, 2016
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: An Introduction (Part 1)

What is mission? What is missions? What is missional?
Towards Missional Effectiveness: An Introduction (Part 1)
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Like most people, I want what I buy to work and be effective at what it was created to do.

For instance, I have a smartphone that keeps track of my life. I call, text, surf the web, tweet, Facebook, use Maps to get directions, make calendar appointments, etc. It helps me to function ...

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Dec 14, 2016
worship, spirit and truth

Worship Matters

We were created for worship.
Worship Matters
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Worship is one of those fascinating topics that can both unite and divide the church. I've heard it said that “worship matters most” - seemingly a bit of a strong statement, but is it true?

John Piper, in his well-known book Let the Nations Be Glad, wrote this ...

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Oct 27, 2016
missions, tentmaking, seminary

3 Growing Needs in Missionary Education

Missionaries need a biblical, theological, and missiological foundation.
3 Growing Needs in Missionary Education

Any conversation around an exponential increase in the global missionary force must include methods for missionary education and training. When we think about those things, our gut reaction is often to rely solely on seminaries and missions agencies to fulfill educational needs. ...

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Sep 24, 2016
evangelism, missions

How Can The Church Thrive In A Non-Christian World?

If our churches have to be a little more uncomfortable to us insiders in order to reach even one lost soul for Christ, that’s a sacrifice we should all be willing to make.
How Can The Church Thrive In A Non-Christian World?

As we all know, it’s election season. This isn’t ever a rosy time for America, filled with rainbows and warm hugs. But if the political season of 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that the United States is culturally confused. Competing narratives vie for attention, ...

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Aug 29, 2016
black church, culture, evangelism

What We Can Learn From The Black Church When We Are Pushed To The Margins

The powerful, painful history of the Black Church has much to teach us as our culture continues to push the church to the margins of society.
What We Can Learn From The Black Church When We Are Pushed To The Margins

At dinner the other night, our family sat in earshot of a group of people discussing presidential politics. They were older, Caucasian, and rather conservative in their political leanings. It was clear that they, like many Americans, are uninspired and—in their words—disheartened ...

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Aug 6, 2016

Saturday Is For Seminars: Gideons Gospel Impact Conference and Missio Nexus

Join me at the Gideons Gospel Impact Conference and/or the Missio Nexus annual mission leaders conference.
Saturday Is For Seminars: Gideons Gospel Impact Conference and Missio Nexus

It’s been a whirlwind of a week as the movers brought all of our things up to Wheaton and we are getting settled in. There’s a lot of change for us and I’d value your prayers during this time. Also, please pray for the events below and consider joining me at ...

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Jul 27, 2016
Research

Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry

Facts are our friends, and so are stats.
Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry
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Those of you who know me know my tentative relationship with all things sports. But, with our move to Wheaton I wanted to approach our new home missionally, so, I took in a Chicago Cubs game.

It isn’t that I know nothing of sports; I just haven’t kept up much. Going ...

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Jul 22, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 5

Can a church building be culturally engaged?
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 5
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"The medium is the message" is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan. This means “the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.” To say it another way, buildings, ...

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Jul 21, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 4

Here are seven "Third Places" churches have built in and for their communities.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 4

It has been noted that third places serve as postmodern wells churches create to cross paths with the community.

Given that broad description, third places could include: cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, shopping centers, bars, hair salons, community centers, workout facilities, ...

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Jul 20, 2016
Church

Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

Third Places are the new multi-purpose building.
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 3

At one point in the church growth era, there was a trend in constructing multipurpose buildings. For the most part these could be used for a variety of purposes—an auditorium, gymnasium, or fellowship hall.

Later, the space was used in attempts to reach the community during ...

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