Sacrilege

Recently, I’ve seen articles about the death of the traditional contemporary church, I’ve heard messages on how the “missional movement” will also fail, and...

Out of the Algorithm, Into the Mystery!

There are two great tasks for the Church in North America today. First, we must do everything we already know how to do to...

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...

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...

Evangelists of Unbelief

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...

Friends of Sinners

I read a statement a while back in Dan Kimball’s book They Like Jesus but Not the Church that burned me with conviction. He...

What Me, An Evangelist?

I recently took the online inventory commonly referred to as the APEST put together by Alan Hirsch and company. The notion behind this quiz...

Harvesting Without Planting

Talking with a potential church planter recently I got a picture that is either from God or the 64 ounces of Diet Coke I...

For the Least (Reached) of These

The church world “is often motivated by a culture of success. We recruit, fund, celebrate, propagate and evaluate based on predictable, measureable success rates.”...

Are We Reaching Out or Rearranging the Body of Christ?

Someone sent me a tweet recently that I’ve been thinking about. He asked about mega-churches and if many of the people they attract simply...

How to make a difference in your 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...

Are We Just Consuming “Missional”?

If a rediscovery of mission will bring new life to the church in the west; then consumerism may be it's death. The church, if...

The Vision Thing

The most important question any church planter can ask is “ Why am I planting a church?” I have had some conversations with some...

An Enemy of God Who Had the Skill Set to Plant...

On the road to Damascus, Paul had an encounter with Jesus and experienced a radical transformation in his life (Acts 9: 1-28). His view...

3 Yards And A Cloud Of Dust

Woody Hayes is credited with this description of Ohio State football.  It really came from a sportwriter and was originally “Five yards and a...

The “Hitch” in Evangelism

The death of outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens last week was mourned by both believer and non-believer alike. There was something about this man that people...

Understanding Your Context: The Truth About The Urban, Suburban, & Rural...

I'm a part of a church who has a heart for the poor. We also have a heart for our city. From the beginning,...

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....

Escorting Berliners To Jesus

About three years ago I met a middle-aged man who had been working as an art conservator during the former GDR (German Democratic Republic),...

6 Steps To Simple Church Planting

There are a lot of new buzz words and strategies these days for planting churches. I must admit, I am from a small town...