Monthly Archives: May 2009

Those were the days

And now for something completely different…

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What does it take to Grow a Great Church?

Many things have been suggested over the years. Here’s my list – these are the things I pray for: The Manifest Presence of God. The bible tells us God is omnipresent (everywhere). We believe God is with us every time … Continue reading

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Relevant or Dissonant

I’m better at asking questions than I am answering them. Today’s poll at Christianity Today asks us to decide whether the church is doing its job when it’s (a) culturally relevant or (b) culturally dissonant. My answer is, “Yes.” We … Continue reading

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“Let them eat cake”

The last couple of issues of the United Methodist Reporter have featured articles on GracePoint UMC, a recent church plant in Wichita, Kansas, that grew quickly, but let the denomination this spring. It’s depressing to invest so much money, energy … Continue reading

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Three Lines

One of the illustrations I use when I teach on discipleship is the image of three lines. The first line we cross is the line of commitment to Christ. We come to a point where we become followers of Jesus. … Continue reading

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