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How the church can be a foretaste of heaven.
The Church Is The Greatest Movie Trailer Ever
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The purpose of a movie trailer is to give highlights of a forthcoming movie, creating “buzz” about it. And the ”buzz” compels people to see the movie. For example, the trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron were incredible. They were so enticing that ...

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How God used the great church destroyer Saul to become the great multiethnic church planter.
The Great Omission Becomes the Great Commission
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The last words of someone are important, especially if that someone is the eternal Son, the second person of the triune God. Before Jesus ascended to heaven so he could function as his people’s great high priest, he commissioned and commanded his twelve Jewish disciples ...

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Grace is fuel that empowers us to grow as God’s children.
Grace Is So Much More
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“Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 5:20–21, ESV). ...

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How can the church flourish in a post-Christian America?
This Can Happen in America, Part 2
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In part one of this blog, I shared how Germany, the home of the Protestant Reformation, is now only marginally evangelical, with just three percent of citizens identifying that way. I shared some thoughts why I believe this happened including a dead gospel preached in dead ...

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How Germany’s post-Christian culture could be America’s future.
This Can Happen in America, Part 1
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This past week, I had the honor of partnering with the Willow Creek Association in Erfurt, Germany for a leadership conference. Erfurt is a beautiful city, with rich culture and marvelous food. Erfurt is also where Martin Luther, one of the fathers of the Reformation, attended ...

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How the church can help people with mental illness.
Silent Cries
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I remember my family life while growing up in San Antonio, Texas as being tattooed by chaos, conflict, and consistent pain. My older relatives were often haunted by drug and alcohol abuse, violent relationships, and illegal activities. Like a bomb that explodes, the pain ...

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Why does the gospel preached in America produce homogeneous churches?
The Gospel We Preach Determines The Churches That Exist
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Whether you are a church planter, pastor, or other Christ-follower, I hope you will seriously grapple with the words of my good friend and doctoral advisor, New Testament scholar Scot McKnight. In his book A Community Called Atonement: Living Theology, he shares some powerful ...

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Live as an ambassador to a hurting world.
#Ferguson and the Cross
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In August, Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white policeman, in Ferguson, Missouri. Tonight, we learned that the grand jury decided not to indict Wilson on any charges related to the event.

In the months since the shooting, ...

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How the consumerist worldview affects the church.
God Is Not Santa Claus
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God is not Santa Claus.

But we seem to forget that sometimes because we have embraced a worldview called consumerism. In this way of seeing the world, the consumer is at the center, and his or her goal is to find pleasure and avoid pain by consuming things, experiences, ...

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What we can learn about multiethnic church planting from the first church dispute.
Stuff First-Century Christians Fought About
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Earlier this year, I posted a large part of the following post on Ed Stetzer’s blog. But I want to share it here as well, with some important additions, to set the tone for an ongoing conversation on multiethnic churches.

In Acts 15, we find the first major church dispute. ...

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Three strategies to avoid a spiritual implosion.
How to Not Screw Up Your Life
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Dear Christian,

I’m concerned about you. I’m concerned about me.

It seems that just about every month I hear stories of church leaders and other Christians who disqualify themselves for leadership because of:

• An emotional affair with a staff member

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That's what I'd like to help us think about in this blog.
What the Church Should Look Like
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Welcome to “Just Marinating”!

The concept of this name comes from John 15:5, “abide in Christ.” In this context, to marinate means to think about, to meditate on, to dwell on. In this blog, I want to help us think about and meditate on the amazing ...

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Does our preaching and teaching cause people to focus more on themselves than on Jesus?
Christ-less Christianity
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I have a great concern for the Bride of Christ, Jesus’ Beloved Church.

My concern is not for brick and mortar, but the people for whom Jesus shed His precious, sin-removing, guilt-removing, shame-removing, life-giving blood.

I’m concerned that much of the ...

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