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Singleness is something to be celebrated

Singles are a valuable part of the church. Whether they have chosen and are happy with that state or they wish to change it, the church should welcome them into the family. I wrote about that on March 12, 2013 … Continue reading

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Why governance fails and why it needs the missional family model

For generations people have talked, argued, and fought over the model of leadership for the church. Many support the episcopal model, which has a single leader- the bishop. This is the type of leadership used by the Catholic church, Anglican church, … Continue reading

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7 steps to introducing your children to the world without losing their souls

[Repost from February 22, 2013] Step 1 Start young. The younger you begin introducing your children to the world the better. You can help them to approach the world with their eyes wide open so they are ready to run … Continue reading

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Trust building in parenting…and the church

Parenting is a matter of demonstrating Christ’s love. A cornerstone for building a loving relationship is building a relationship of trust. No one can feel loved if they don’t feel they trust the other person. The same is true of … Continue reading

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Say “no” to likable sermons and “yes” to the family model of ministry

I found this blog over the weekend. Sermons Are Not For Liking by Tim Challies. Challies is right when he says, Sermons are not for liking. Sermons are for listening, they are for discerning, they are for applying, but they are not … Continue reading

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Leadership as a new idol

There’s a great article on the Leadership Journal blog by Paul Pastor. I hope that many church “leaders” will read it. We live in a world with a Twitter mentality. By that, I mean a world that expects that everyone … Continue reading

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Leadership: Two tensions to reconcile

The church leaders are always right. The church leaders are just people; their opinions are just opinions. If you’ve been in the church more than a little while, you’ve encountered people endorsing both of these positions. You’ve heard the overly … Continue reading

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Marks of the early church and the family model of ministry

Scot McKnight asks the question When is Your Gathering the “Church”? today. The post is in response to Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith by Ronald E. Heine.  McKnight summarizes Heine 5 marks of the early church like this: … Continue reading

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A generation specific gospel is irrelevant for all generations: going beyond Rachel Held Evans’ article on millennials

This weekend an interesting article by Rachel Evans made a big splash in the Christian blogosphere. The article, Why Millennials are Leaving the Church, was posted on CNN’s Religion blog. She makes these excellent points: Time and again, the assumption … Continue reading

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How my church is realigning the discipleship of children

The New Testament describes the church in terms of being a family. If this is true, then having departments within the church doesn’t make sense. Having the children’s ministry department, the youth ministry department, and the adult ministry department separate … Continue reading

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