Evangelism is a Four Letter Word

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I get it. Culture is changing rapidly and radically. The methods we have used successfully for decades have become ineffective, even counter-productive. Heaven? Spiritual laws? Bible verses? These no longer spark spiritual interest. Evangelism training isn’t what it used to be, but in many cases is uncertain of what it should be. This frustration is actually good news. Good because … Read More

Is Your Church Coming Down With A Cold?

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Most churches are born healthy.  Church plants are small, underfunded, and grow slowly at first – but they’re normally healthy.  How can that be?  That doesn’t sound like the description of a healthy organization.  Don’t most pastors and church consultants associate size, budget and growth with health? However, the Bible does not define church as an institution but as collective … Read More

How (Not) to Rejuvenate an Aging Church

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Society has been programmed to associate health with youth.  The underlying message of countless television and magazine ads today is that their products will make you look or feel younger.  Men’s health publications are filled with “ED” and “Low T” remedies.  Skin care and hormone replacement therapy options dominate the pages of women’s health web sites.  Cosmetics and plastic surgeries … Read More

Church is Work. Work is Church.

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Part 5 of 5   In this last post in our current series on decentralizing church, let’s discuss bringing church beyond just where we live, but also to where we work.  Expanding the footprint of your church means training up disciples and planting outposts in every street, neighborhood, condo building and apartment complex – as well as every job site … Read More

STATE OF THE UNION: Why Polarization Matters

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DAVID BLANKENHORN   Polarization is more our problem than our politicians’. The success of the nation requires that we, the people, overcome it. What do we mean when we talk about polarization in American politics? It depends who’s doing the talking, but two basic guidelines can help us clarify the problem. First, don’t imagine that polarization refers mainly to politicians … Read More

Does Your Church Care About The Poor?

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Part 4 of 5 So far in this series on decentralizing church, we’ve discussed the power of infiltrating communities by planting house churches and neighborhood groups in every street, apartment complex and condo building in America.  Institutional church is not going away – nor should it.  However, bringing church closer to the doorsteps of non-believers is biblical and more effective … Read More

The Power of Story

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by David Sanford   Stories are captivating. That’s true in every language, every culture, every setting, from hikers around a camp fire to gurus speaking with devotees in India. Think back to the last lecture or sermon you heard. Probably the only thing you really remember are the stories. In recent years, much has been written and said about the … Read More

Powerful Idea for Increasing Your Church’s Footprint

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Part 3 of 5 Last week, we discussed the role of house churches in decentralizing the Church in America, “taking ground” for Christ on every street, apartment complex and condo building.  The New Testament speaks frequently of both house churches (“the church that meets at their house”) and city-wide gatherings (“the church at/of ____”).  Despite the allegations by advocates for … Read More

The Roles of Love and Laughter

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by David Sanford   In the closing chapter of his devilishly fun book, The Atheist Who Wasn’t There, Andy Bannister explains the problem with the Gospels. The problem? Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell us what Jesus actually did, unfiltered, unvarnished, regardless of how any given statement or action of Jesus might “hurt” the Church. Take the problem of circumcision, … Read More