Tagged: Church Life

The three streams of modern Christian reformers

Mark Driscoll, the controversial pastor of Mars Hill Church who sometimes uses profanity, recently gave a talk at the Convergent Conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (you can get many great talks on the Resurgence podcast – iTunes RSS).  In this talk, he discussed the...

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The Good, The Bad and The Christian

As part of my shift (or forward movement) in my focus, I have several articles that I want to highlight in order to praise and critique the actions of fellow followers of Jesus. I’m not out to judge them as individuals (that’s God’s job and...

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Changing perceptions

I have always enjoyed the written word much more than those that are spoken. I’m much better with the former and have no problem admitting that. (Not sure how much that says for my speaking ability since I am so often misunderstood in my writing.)...

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My Two Cents #115 – Church Life

Church builds outdoor sanctuary –  A Simi Valley church has decided to build their main sanctuary outdoors, in order to allow people to enjoy God’s creation, and to make it more like a 140 acre park that is open to the world, instead of a...

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Desperation Pt. 1

This is the text version of the first half sermon I preached last Sunday night (second half to come later). It has taken me awhile to get all of this down, including links to all the Scripture references. I hope you can benefit from it.

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Would this change your idea of church?

What would you think if you walked into a church off the street and found out they were beginning a big capital campaign that Sunday? The first thing that would probably go through your head was “How much money are they asking for and how...

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Hate crimes vs. religious freedom

"Hate crimes are incompatible with religious freedom." That’s what I heard a religious rights expert say on the radio the other morning. If it’s an either/or situation, is the most obvious answer not to protect religious freedom – one of the core principles of our...

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Who’s hearing the call?

The lack of young pastors is a growing problem among Baptist and evangelicals in general. One part of the issue is that many young adults have been turned off by the negative aspects of the head pastor’s job, along with denominational conflicts. As churches have...

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