Getting and Giving Green Cards

Green Card – permission and blessing for an immigrant to go to work. Our friends Rex and Sally tell us, “We loved America from our...

Serving Projects That Reflect The Personality Of Your Group

“We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” Eph. 2:10, NKJV. We all have distinct personalities. If you are the parent of...

2 Winter Kindness Outreach Ideas

COFFEE/HOT CHOCOLATE/CAPPUCCINO GIVEAWAY COFFEE, CAPPUCCINO, AND GOOD HOT CHOCOLATE are all the rage these days; so wherever the chance presents itself, bring it to...

It’s a Thanksgiving Life

Build a Memory of Thanksgiving Kindness When you think of the words, “kindness” and “Thanksgiving” an image of food might come to mind. Maybe your...

Pastor – Raise Your EQ This Week!

Question: Why did Paul tell Timothy “Do the work of an evangelist?” Keep in mind the Timothy letters are directed at leaders – specifically to...

The Power of Encouragement

A few years ago, Georgia, my wife and I went to downtown Berlin to do some shopping. We had seven different stops to make....

Nobody Is Beyond Redemption

"So who on Planet Earth is the most unlikely person to ever come into a living relationship with Jesus?" This is the question I posed...

God’s Kinetic Presence

While shopping at Best Buy, I had a sense that if I were to offer to pray for a salesperson standing by me that...

The Church and “New Atheism”

I’ve been deeply challenged by the tireless efforts of the men and women that advance the cause of the "new atheism" into the empty hearts of...

Bivocational Ministry: Option or Necessity?

The following post was originally written in 2011 but still remains relevant for church planters and pastors in 2018. Most of the time we who...

How To Plant Churches That Change Cities

In almost every city across the US huge efforts are being made to plant churches. In the Greater Tampa area, there were close to...

Finding The Balance Between Gathering And Scattering

Hi friends, this email just came to me from a pastor who has taken the missional community bug pretty seriously over the last five...

Now Is The Time to Start Planning Your Fall Outreach!

I know its summer time, but you should take some time and start planning your Fall outreach. Time flies and Autumn will be here...

The Greatest Form of Evangelism?

Years ago, studies circulated that showed that new churches tended to be more evangelistic than older, more established ones. The axiom followed, "The greatest...

Make Disciples, Let Jesus Build the Church

Christ comes first. He than commands us into His mission. The byproduct of our mission is His kingdom spread on earth via the building of His church. As much as I value church planting, I have come to realize that we should stop planting churches. We should plant Jesus, and let Jesus build His church.

Frightened… Just Enough!

My wife and I were frightened by the site of the young man who entered our small church building, asking for money and a...

Connecting With Neighbors – Unusually!

I met an interesting congregation on one of my teaching trips. They call themselves “The Oregon Community.” They were a recent church plant with an...

Focus On The Main Thing

When Toni and I were newly married (1965) we bought our first car for $115. It was a 1959 Ford with about 70,000 miles on...

Evangelism Key: Start the Conversation!

In a previous entry – "Evangelism is not just relationship" I submitted that we must not hesitate to share the Gospel even if we don't...

I  Heart  My  City 

Did you know Jesus has a plan  for you in the city He has sent you to?    In  Luke 8:26-38,  a once demon-possessed man is  ready to  follow Jesus after a miraculous...