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7 Summers to Change the World…

Wow, where are these provocative videos coming from that challenge us to be strategic in the church? Check out Community of Dreams… If you haven’t seen this video as well, check it out. Like this:Like Loading…

Aim lower; think smaller…

I’d love to know your comments about this video… Since our church has thousands of kids (it feels like that when we’re all together), it’s a wonderful reminder and encouragement to continue being strategic in family ministry and discipleship. Like this:Like Loading…

Gumbo lunch fundraiser for mission trip…

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Ghandi on Christianity…

Hamo takes off on this post. He uses the following quote by Ghandi to ask some profound questions: “It is my firm opinion that [the West] today represents not the spirit of God or Christianity but the spirit of Satan. And Satan’s successes are the greatest, when he appears with the name of God on…

Do a church a favor… use Goodsearch

I’m excited to be able to inform you here first that Journey has been approved as one of Goodsearch’s charitable organizations! That means that if you’ll designate Journey as your charity, every time you do an internet search, Journey will receive a penny! That adds up! Click on the graphic above to search on Goodsearch,…

Emerging controversy… fun or foolish

I just had to laugh when I saw the opener over at teampyro this morning… The primary point of this post is to really bring all the people we have had consistent adversarial interaction with out of the woodwork to see if we can’t make a comment thread go past the 1,000 mark—because after all,…

121 Community Church

Based in Grapevine, Texas, the 121 Community Church site is very attractive, but also pretty basic when it comes to some of the sites I’ve been reviewing in this series. One of the reasons I wanted to give it a good once-over is because a fellow OBU grad and Southwestern alum is the senior pastor…

Journey small groups start tonight

Check out the Journey site for more info. If you’re interested, we’re having a group at our house. We’d love to have you! There are other groups as well, but none of them offer free iPods for coming. would you come if they did? Like this:Like Loading…

How to listen to a sermon

Tim has done us all a favor by posting an excerpt from one of George Whitfield’s sermons in which he teaches his listeners how to receive the most fruit from a sermon. Interesting take. Whitfield was one of the prominent preacher/theologians during the Great Awakening, and he stands as one of the great preacher-teachers of…

To go or not to go… to church

Backyard Missionary says it’s categorically impossible to be a Christian and not be involved in a community of believers. What say ye? Like this:Like Loading…

9Marks website becoming a great resource

I’d encourage you to stop by the 9Marks website if you’re interested in seeing how some Christian leaders are strategically defining a healthy church. This month, the topic is “defending the gospel” from the perspective of the local church. If you’ve never been there, make sure you investigate each of the “9 Marks.” Here are…

Small groups, tribalism, and meeting your neighbors

There is a fantastic article/column in an Australian paper by Hugh Mackay about community. Backyard Missionary wrote about it over on his blog. The word community has made a comeback in some church circles in the past 10 years, and our church actively seeks to develop biblical community in our small group ministry. We also…

Christian vs. Christ-follower

Funny video, and thanks to Lou for giving me the heads up! Although I laughed, I felt dirty for doing so.. What do you think this series is saying about the meaning of the word “Christian” in our culture? Like this:Like Loading…

Trust and youth camps

Jeff Kapusta got me with a one-two punch today as I reviewed Bloglines for his latest entries. The first one was about the issue of trusting God and how his church has learned to trust deeply and more. I’d encourage you to read his post about a few experiences his church had with learning to…

Learning to share… leadership

Jeff Kapusta, leader of Lifepoint Church, has been writing a series about “Hindsight.” It’s things that he would have done differently (or is glad they did) as they church started. His third point was the genesis for this entry – combined with the fact that our church is currently in process of growing into better…

Elevation Church

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Elevation Church is led by Steven Furtick. This new church may have one of the sharpest and most comprehensive web ministries overall of any church in this series yet. It’s easy to navigate, but in preparing to write this article, I quickly experienced the “jawdrop” factor, wondering how a new church…

The importance of excellence

The Fearsome Pirate has a  great post about why your community may not be involved in your church… It’s just, well, boring. And trite. And everything you touch is mediocre. If you say you believe in a glorious God, then why is everything produced by your church so humdrum? …a hugely important thing is that…

Learning from old dead guys

Justin Taylor said this at the recent Na Conference in response to why it’s important to read and study perspectives from before our own time: I think if we try to—to use Na’s term—“reinvent the wheel”, if we try to come up with a new doctrine, if we’re not learning from those before us, it’s…

Announcements as Chinese water torture

Ouch, ouch, and ha! That was my reaction to reading a recent diatribe about church growth from one website. His initial thought was: If church sucks, people don’t invite others. They don’t think “Man, my friends have got to be here for this!” They think “Well, I might as well keep going here.” Included in…

On missing Q…

I love being forced to think outside the box by others. There are some conferences and gatherings where you just know that’s going to happen. As one attempts to be used by God to shepherd His people, I think it’s first vitally important to be a personal, passionate seeker of God on your own. After…

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