Notes from the Trail

Church Chew

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…

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…

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…

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…

Epiphany Fellowship

Primarily an African-American led, multi-ethnic congregation, Epiphany Fellowship is an Acts29 church in Philadelphia which has a vision for church planting in that megacity. I loved the video on the entry page, and the website overall is very organized and easy to navigate. I was intrigued by the depth of theology that they communicate consistently…

Update on The Simple Way

You may recall my review of Irresistible Influence a week or so ago. Well, Shane Claiborne’s Christian community in Philadelphia suffered a devastating fire yesterday (June 20). Read about it at their site. Please be in prayer for them, and if you can help meet a need, prayerfully consider doing so. Here’s the video they…