Whether you are a brand new church planter with a dream to change the world or a seasoned ministry veteran with decades of experience, these posts will help you articulate what you've always felt deep within you.
When a white college student named Jim Bullock and a Black college student named Joe Purdy tried to attend Memphis’s Second Presbyterian Church on Palm Sunday in 1964, it was the church’s commitment to segregation that inspired church leaders to physically block their way. Bullock and Purdy’s commitment to justice inspired them to kneel on…Read More →
Emulation is the first principle of formation and transformation. Children imitate parents and siblings, students emulate their teachers and peers. How did you learn to write? Throw and catch and bat? Relate to friends? Prepare for exams? Form successful habits at work? How did you learn to bake bread or make an omelet? You learned…Read More →
The word meditation sounds an alarm in some Christian minds, evoking images of gurus sitting cross-legged amid chants and incense smoke. When I’ve taught on Scripture meditation, I’ve occasionally even been met by pushback, a wariness of anything that seems Eastern or mystical. Notwithstanding the reality that the Christian tradition has its origins in the…Read More →
Years ago, I was employed at a Christian organization that had a large population of people who had a limited view of the gospel’s effects. They took umbrage with me because I believed one way the American church can usher in shalom is by casting Jesus’ life preservers out to our neighbors caught in the…Read More →
“No offense, but…” That’s often how you begin a conversation that is inevitably going to involve some element of disagreement with the person you are in dialogue with. I don’t mean to offend – but I am now going to say some things that will show I disagree with you and that may cause offense. They may cause…Read More →
Church Planting is hard. Unfortunately, we often make it even harder by planting alone. Think about the most common reasons planters quit, and they all trace back to pressures that are insurmountable in isolation: Overworked Bivocational Stressed Family implodes Insufficient finances Shrinking church At the end of the day… Nobody can be expected to KNOW…Read More →