On Approaching Culture

I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sentContinue reading “On Approaching Culture”

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The Challenge of Church Planting

This post is part of an ongoing series looking at church planting. Obviously, church planting is not all fun-and-games. There are plenty of challenges inherent in starting a new church, including those of:

Does Church Planting Overly Innovate?

This post is part of an ongoing series looking at church planting. As commonly framed, Christianity often has problems with new things. Whether it’s new ways of thinking about Jesus (as during those pesky Christological controversies in the early Church), framing theology (like during the Reformation), using academic scholarship to inform faith (as in theContinue reading “Does Church Planting Overly Innovate?”

How Does Church Planting Help?

This post is part of an ongoing series looking at church planting. There are numerous benefits to planting churches. Church plants advance the Kingdom of God.9 When more and more believers gather together, proclaiming the gospel, preaching the Scriptures, celebrating the sacraments, and living in community, the Kingdom of God tangibly advances in our world.

Why Plant a Church?

This post is part of an ongoing series looking at church planting. Of course, there are already a lot of established churches. So why do people plant new churches? First, church planting represents a tangible way for Christians to fulfill the Great Commission, to “make disciples of every nation” (Matthew 28:19-20). No place on earthContinue reading “Why Plant a Church?”

What Is Church Planting?

You’ve seen them in your community. They’re popping up in old buildings, fields, and other empty spaces. They show up with catchy names and make lots of loud noise, often attracting quite a crowd in the process. But what are they? Where do they come from? And why are they here? I’m talking, of course,Continue reading “What Is Church Planting?”

Orthodoxy and Relevance

Christians have long talked about life as a journey, whether as runners or pilgrims or travelers or something else. Journeys tend to involve forks in the road, decisions to make, and obstacles to overcome. Sometimes, the decisions of this journey are between light and darkness, holiness and sin, redemption and backsliding. In these instances, theContinue reading “Orthodoxy and Relevance”

Recommended Reading: September 29

If you read one article this week, engage The Long Theological Shadow by John Ehrett. For those of you with additional reading time, check out the following selections, gathered from around the blogging world. Happy reading!

Recommended Reading: September 1

If you read one article this week, engage Leadership and Suicide: When Ending It Seems Like the Only Way Out by Carey Nieuwhof For those of you with additional reading time this fine September (!) day, check out the following selections gathered from around the blogging world. Happy reading!

Recommended Reading: August 19

If you read one article this week, look at Doctrine is Inevitable by Samuel James. For those of you with additional reading time, check out the following suggestions, gathered from around the interwebs. Happy reading!