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multi site churches

Here courtesy of Justin Taylor is a fascinating discussion of the concept of multi-site churches between Mark Dever, Mark Driscoll and James MacDonald. Multiple Sites: Yea or Nay? Dever, Driscoll, and MacDonald Vote from Ben Peays on Vimeo. our church … Continue reading

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Killing the youth group

what do you think? We Killed The Youth Group from Levi Lusko on Vimeo. HT to Vitamin Z who adds that he sees it becoming more mainstream in the future.

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hipster Christianity?

here is my post from a week ago about how the church changes forms over time. but what about the argument made by Brett McCracken here about the perils of Hipster Christianity? If the evangelical Christian leadership thinks that “cool … Continue reading

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changing church

Details has an interesting story about the changing church in America today. The story is a detailed look at Reality LA church in Los Angeles. It is clear that the author, Anna David is having a hard time fitting the … Continue reading

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too much church

Kids raised in church have special dangers. Tony Kummer lists five. I have always worried about my children in this regard and find danger number three that Tony lists to be especially worrisome: 3. They Have Learned to Pretend Pray: … Continue reading

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what is this?

I am not really sure what this is or what to think about it. I think they have somewhat correctly identified the problem, but the solution seems terribly “off”. read the whole article and see what you think. here is … Continue reading

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family is where you serve

Mark Driscoll on what makes a family. HT to Jonathan Dodson.

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contemporvant church

take a look at this and think about whether your own church is a version of it. then think about whether that’s ok “Sunday’s Coming” Movie Trailer from North Point Media on Vimeo.

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the Holy Crap must go

Walter Russell Meade lays down his marker. its a good read. I especially like this bit, but the whole thing is good: The Christian churches in the United States are in trouble for all the usual reasons — human sinfulness … Continue reading

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Verge 2010

I wasn’t able to go to Verge 2010 last week, but I watched quite a bit of the streaming video. It was some amazing stuff. Many of the thoughts and beliefs with which I have been struggling for the last … Continue reading

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age segregation

interesting story from Mollie Hemingway about voluntary age segregation in churches and its unforeseen effects. number one on the list; no funerals. “Cool! Your church has funerals,” a friend recently said after I told him about attending one for a … Continue reading

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why do you love the church?

if you love the church, why? (the “if you don’t, why not”? is a whole ‘nother post) Josh Harris lists some wrong reasons why people sometimes love their church. what do you think?  Here are a couple to get you … Continue reading

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Body metaphor

Randy Alcorn posts an excerpt from Philip D. Kenneson’s Life On The Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999). I agree that we should probably all spend some time thinking a … Continue reading

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a bold move

the Episcopalian church in the U.S. has made a bold move and declared itself to be committed to the full normalization of non-celibate homosexuals within the leadership of its communion. here is the New York Times write up and here … Continue reading

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the church through history

Ed Marcelle on the Resurgence Blog is doing a quick series on how people have “done church” over time in different eras. The fourth installment is about the church during the Industrial Revolution period that is ending. then there is … Continue reading

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revitalizing a local church

JD Greear is posting a series on The Resurgence blog about revitalizing a local church. the introduction: I’ve been asked to speak on church revitalization at the Advance Conference this year. Six years ago when I was called as a … Continue reading

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why American believers don't give

one thing we have noticed in visiting churches this year is that budgets are in deep trouble. It is to be expected in a recession like this that church receipts would be down significantly, but we have seen several churches … Continue reading

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what he said

here is Mark Driscoll talking about holding truth tightly while being relevant to the culture. Bumped up from last July, because it is still relevant. here is the page where you can download the entire message that the above video … Continue reading

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church

Mike Leuken wonders about our default approach to thinking about our church. “I am dissatisfied” was identified as a barrier to spiritual growth. Of those surveyed, 17 percent expressed some degree of dissatisfaction with their church; over half of these … Continue reading

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yesterday

Yesterday we went to Origins Church. It is a church plant that only began having public worship services last September. They meet in a Holiday Inn meeting room which was nice. Meeting in that location lessens the setup and takedown … Continue reading

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what is the target?

Ed Stetzer has some interesting thoughts about the gospel that we are preaching and the goal of conversion according to that gospel. Here is his full article at catalyst. the excerpts that Ed posted on his blog follow: I continue … Continue reading

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the pursuit of God

In our men’s Bible study on Tuesday mornings we have started the book The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. On page 14 of my copy, Mr. Tozer says this: This intercourse between God and the soul is known to … Continue reading

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church tradition metaphor?

how about old couch? was great when it was new 20 years ago, but now it isn’t. can’t get rid of it because of all the wonderful memories associated with it. metaphor courtesy of Andy Stanley, via CataBlog

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church or "preaching center"?

Vitamin Z has posted an excerpt from the book Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. here is an excerpt from the excerpt: “The Bible calls the church a family. It describes the church as a community that shares … Continue reading

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True or False?

Here is an excerpt from Quitting Church My research suggested that people are simply not being pastored. Often ministers are out of touch with what’s happening on the ground, as they are surrounded by a wall of secretaries and voice … Continue reading

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