The Divine Design: God’s Plan for Restoration in a Community Setting

June 22, 2017 | Comments Off on The Divine Design: God’s Plan for Restoration in a Community Setting

  Do you know the difference between a Sunday community and a real community? I had never thought much about this question before reading The Divine Design: God’s Plan for Restoration in the Community Setting. I used to aim for what I thought was real community in my small groups and discipleship, but frankly, real […]


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Sins We are OK With

August 20, 2015 | Comments Off on Sins We are OK With

We hear a lot about sin these days. Especially those sins. You know. The sexual ones. It seems that it’s easy to point fingers and wag tongues about them. To create the us and them divisions that unfortunately, Christians are so known for. Now I’m not saying that those sins aren’t wrong. They most definitely […]


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Tyler Edwards, pastor of Cornerstone Christian Church in Joplin, MO, says there is something missing in the church today. Stuck in a rut of routines and rituals, he claims the church is caught up in doing what it is “supposed to do” but is lacking the true essence of what it is supposed to provide: […]


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Creating Other People

June 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Creating Other People

I’ve been reading a great book called SuperCoach: 10 Secrets to Transform Anyone’s Life by Michael Neil. The book is full of  helpful hints for successful living. I especially liked his chapter on “Listening” in relation to my interest in challenging people. He says, We’ll nearly always hear what we’re listening for. This creates a […]


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Today we’re presenting the second part August 2009 LifeWay Research study of a national, demographically representative survey of 1,200 Millennials in the United States.  The first part of the study is reviewed here: Here is how Millennials respond to a series of doctrinal statements: God, Satan, sin and salvation * “God is a real being, […]


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Two-thirds of American “Millennials” – those born between 1980 and 1991 – call themselves Christian, but far fewer pray or read the Bible daily, attend weekly worship services, or hold to historical positions on the Bible and its teachings. These findings, which will affect how we lead our churches and small groups, are from a […]


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When dealing with challenging people, I’ve found that simply treating them like human beings makes a huge difference. Very often, a challenging person in your church or group is a challenging person everywhere. And because of this, they are often shunned or ostracized. For many, this has happened all their lives. What we consider challenging […]


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Care for the Fragile During This Season

October 26, 2009 | Comments Off on Care for the Fragile During This Season

If you have challenging people in your group or church, this could be a difficult couple of weeks for them. Most Christians don’t understand the spiritual realities of the Halloween season and therefore, don’t understand how fragile some wounded people can be.  There is a definite correlation between how severely a person was wounded in […]


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Missing: Human Affection

November 15, 2007 | Comments Off on Missing: Human Affection

I just received a fascinating article, which almost appeared to be real. Turns out that it was from The Onion, which is a parody newspaper. They write in a style that is so close to real that it makes you look deeper, think twice. I did that with this article, and was struck by how […]


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The Present Future-Part 7

June 23, 2007 | Comments Off on The Present Future-Part 7

For an introduction to this series, go to here New Reality Number Six: the Rise of Apostolic Leadership Wrong Question: How Do We Develop Leaders for Church Work? “If church work is not getting the job done, why do we continue to train leaders to do it better?” Apostolic leaders in the first and twenty-first […]


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