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Nine ‘withouts’ that get in the way of a growing church
Jul02

Nine ‘withouts’ that get in the way of a growing church

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was previously featured on chucklawless.com. I’m accustomed to thinking about things we need to do to lead a church to growth. What I don’t often think about is the focus of this post: “withouts” that hinder church growth. Let me know your thoughts about these “withouts.” 1. Preaching without the Bible. Preaching without the Word may result in increased attendance, but it won’t grow a healthy...

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Staying on Mission: What Missionaries can teach us in post-Christian America
Jun28

Staying on Mission: What Missionaries can teach us in post-Christian America

A former Anglican bishop tells the story of when he served as the chaplain of Worcester College, Oxford. It was his duty and privilege to greet every incoming freshman, welcoming them to the university and offering them his guidance. He recalls that the vast majority of students replied in basically the same way: “You won’t be seeing much of me,” they’d say. “I don’t believe in god.” At this I suspect many Christians would want to...

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You need to be inconvenienced for your church
Jun23

You need to be inconvenienced for your church

Editors note** This article originally appeared on for ftc.co, Gospel-centered resources from Midwestern Seminary “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” (1 John 3:16) I once read about a revival which took place among some of Scotland’s rural churches in the 1800s. Many of the believers who belonged to these churches lived in the middle of nowhere and would...

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Seasons of Waiting: What to do when God’s call and reality don’t seem to line up
Jun22

Seasons of Waiting: What to do when God’s call and reality don’t seem to line up

You’re preparing to move your life and family overseas in obedience to the Great Commission. Your house is sold, tickets are booked, and bags are packed. Then, out of nowhere, you get the unsettling news that you’re not going. This would be a hard pill to swallow for anyone, and this is the pill that my family had to swallow just this past year. We were making all the arrangements to serve in Africa, but God had other plans. We went...

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Text talk: What’s a sermon for?
Jun18

Text talk: What’s a sermon for?

It is a legendary story, but we can likely assume that it actually happened. A visiting preacher stepped into a pulpit which he was filling for a friend and saw a sign that would come to revolutionize his preaching ministry. It simply read, “What are you trying to do to these people?” Good question. What is the purpose of a sermon? Why do we preach? Why do we gather every Sunday and sit under the instruction of a pastor? The purpose...

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Instagram, Twitter, and the longing for approval
Jun16

Instagram, Twitter, and the longing for approval

The Washington Post reports that Instagram is testing a prototype in Canada right now that would hide “likes” and views on pictures and videos in order “to rein in competitive tendencies and to make the experience a little ‘less pressurized.’” You could still check how many “likes” a post received, but you would have to click through to find such information. In the same report, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey acknowledged that his platform...

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