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Of Discipleship and Destiny
December 3, 2016
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Of Discipleship and Destiny
It was a fresh, autumn day. “Fresh” is that euphemism that Scots use to describe utterly terrible, grey, rainy weather that most other places in the world would deride. Call it a coping mechanism. Anyway, it was fresh with a bit of sun that day. I just moved to Edinburgh with my wife, our three-month-old daughter, […]
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Talent Ain’t Enough
March 31, 2016
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Talent Ain’t Enough
If you’re leading a church, you’re probably gifted. God’s given you some skills which you bring out on a regular basis to build the church. Maybe it’s a preaching or leadership. Perhaps you’re a great evangelist or strategic thinker. Whatever your talent is, it ain’t enough. Your talents aren’t enough to do what God has […]
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A Little Post-Easter Pastoral Perspective (Or, “Resurrection is for Pastors, Too”)
March 28, 2016
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A Little Post-Easter Pastoral Perspective (Or, “Resurrection is for Pastors, Too”)
Yesterday was Easter Sunday — pretty much the biggest Sunday for us pastors. The pressure was on early this year, since Easter came so Early. But, the folks show up in their Sunday best (even in Boston). Familiar and unfamiliar faces find their way into the seats to celebrate the risen King. Or, at least, to […]
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His Faithfulness Observed
February 1, 2016
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This Sunday we celebrated our fifth birthday at Aletheia. It was a great day—a wonderful moment to celebrate all that God has done over the last five years. Very often I will write to solve a problem, share a skill, or add a thought to an ongoing issue in church planting or in culture. But to […]
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4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Planting
January 6, 2016
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This post also appears at NewChurches.com As the entrepreneurs of the church world, we church-planters tend to have strong opinions on the kind of church we want. So once we get the idea of the future church in our heads, we go after it. We raise money, find the venues, and organize the team to […]
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Church Planting and Me: A Love Affair
November 11, 2014
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I’ve got a slobbering love affair with church planting. Not the conferences, books, and accouterments of American evangelical church planting culture, but church planting — the actual doing of it. I’m a bit of a purist. I love the start up riskiness, the way it forces the planter to trust God, and the way it creates […]