Notes from the Trail

Category: Church Chew

Raising money for a Mac Mini at church

Well, I put the little ChipIn widget on my blog more than a week ago, and to date… nada. You can see the page here. Sniff. However, I thought I’d try a plug here in an entry in case some of you might not have seen the widget on the bottom right. We’re trying to…

Signs that someone is leaving your church

“I don’t like my/your church.”As a church planter and pastor, I honestly don’t know that I’ve ever heard those words or even read them in reference to our church; however, I am confident that they’ve been said, or at the least, thought. I continue to be astounded at the volume of people who silently leave…

The need for church planting

In a recent sermon (11/11/07), John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis made eight observations about church planting (sermon text link): I’ve summarized them here: There are 195,000,000 non-churched people in America, making America one of the top four unchurched nations in the world. In spite of the rise of megachurches, no county in…

Stay tuned for Back Porch Chronicles

I’ve been so intrigued by the effectiveness of video podcasts. Turns out, so has Taylor. Since he’s extremely talented in the video department and a member of Journey, we’re going to try our hands at producing a video podcast, beginning next week! Called the Back Porch Chronicles (so named until someone comes up with something…

A plethora of Journey Churches

I was doing a search just to see how many “Journey Churches” I could find on the net. It’s a little overwhelming. Our church is unrelated officially to any of these, but I thought I’d take you on an internet stroll to show you some of their websites…Let me know which ones interest you and which ones…

LifeChurch.tv

How did a small, church plant in Oklahoma go national in the past ten years? Such is the story of Life Church, now known as LifeChurch.tv. From its beginnings in Edmond, Oklahoma, Life Church now has twelve different campuses across the nation (including Arizona, Texas, Tennesse, Florida and New York. Admittedly, not all of these…

Shane and Shane’s website

OK, I know this isn’t a church website, but I’m going to stretch the series a bit and include it because it is a ministry website. It may be one of the more innovate sites I’ve seen lately. I found myself playing with the floating notes. (By moving your mouse, the notes follow it.) Shane…

Dever’s forthcoming book

Mark Dever is a dynamic expository and biblically-saturated preacher. He pastors at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, which Carolyn and I visited on our trip to D.C. earlier this year. He has written a book called What is a Healthy Church? that looks to be extremely challenging. For those who would say, “Eeew. That book is…

Bring on the Reformation…

Vintage Christianity has a pretty powerful polemic regarding the need of fresh reformation in the church at large. Read the 25 theses there and let fly your thoughts and comments on which ones struck you deepest.

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.

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.

Gumbo lunch fundraiser for mission trip…

You’ve got to see this!

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?

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?

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…

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