The Good News

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What is THE church? What do we do?

I don’t know Grant but what I hear is truth that convicts me and challenges me in what I need to/want to seek for the church and my life.

God Shines On…

Little White Country Church

“Who hath despised the day of small things?” Little community churches like this are the heartbeat of God. Although this little white country church only has services once per week the foundation upon which a small church like this is built is everlasting. Sun beams shine down as a blessing upon this little bethel, on a snowy winter afternoon.

Courtesy: Forest Wander

Megachurch Pastors

The Mega-Problem Behind the ‘Falls’ of Megachurch Pastors

Perry Noble, Darrin Patrick, Tullian Tchividjian. Whose responsibility is this?

Being a pastor is lonely.

I once led at a church where the Senior Pastor resigned due to terrible circumstances. It was a soul-wrenching nightmare of a season. As the campus pastor, also known as the Junior Associate Announcements Pastor, I carried some of the weight of walking with the church through the aftermath of our pastor’s derailing. And during that time, I often heard people say, “I miss him so much, I feel like he really knew me.” To which I would reply kindly, “Had you ever spoken to the pastor?” Inevitably, they would reply, “No. He high-fived me at the VBS party, but we never actually met or talked.”

This is so often the life of a mega-church pastors. They are surrounded by people, yet nobody knows them. We think we know them, but we only know what they show—and they don’t show everything. And really, how can they?

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How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life

Image: Chad Kirkland

became a Christian on July 7, 2015, after a very pleasant adult life of firm atheism. I’ve found myself telling “the Nicole Cliffe: How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Lifestory” when people ask me about it—slightly tweaked for my audience, of course. When talking to non-theists, I do a lot of shrugging and “Crazy, right? Nothing has changed, though!” When talking to other Christians, it’s more, “Obviously it’s been very beautiful, and I am utterly changed by it.” But the story has gotten a little away from me in the telling.

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Young People Leave the Church

J. Warner Wallace, author of Cold-Case Christianity, was interviewed by Bobby Conway (The One Minute Apologist) and discussed the reason so many young Christians take a break from the Church in their college years. What are the factors involved in the flight of young believers? (For more information related to Bobby’s great ministry, visit: http://oneminuteapologist.com/) Read more of this post

You Don’t Have to Go to Church to Be a Christian?

Point well taken.  Point well made!

Don’t just look at the title of this video…

The Beautiful, Lovely, Royal Fellowship

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

The Host of Angels

The Great Cloud if Witnesses
( Saints who have gone on and are cheering us on to finish well )

The Church Universal

The Local Fellowship of Churches

The Local Church

The Larger Fellowship who will serve me and whom I will serve and impact directly

The Intimate Fellowship of 4 (the core group for encouragement and support)

The Word of God ( Sources all of the above )

The Gold and Ivory Table Cloth

At Christmas time men and women everywhere gather in their churches to wonder anew at the greatest miracle the world has ever known. But the story I like best to recall was not a miracle — not exactly.

It happened to a pastor who was very young. His church was very old. Once, long ago, it had flourished. Famous men had preached from its pulpit, prayed before its altar. Rich and poor alike had worshipped there and built it beautifully. Now the good days had passed from the section of town where it stood. But the pastor and his young wife believed in their run-down church. They felt that with paint, hammer, and faith they could get it in shape. Together they went to work.

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What is the Church?

A simple description of the church.

The Organic Church

I am slowly becoming a fan of Neil Cole and the theology he promotes about the organic growth of the church of Jesus Christ today.  I am not sure americans understand how God works and I am not sure we are following Him solely.  We’ve been infected by the cultures we live in today.

Here is a quote from Neil Cole about church growth.

“It is not enough to fill our churches; we must transform our world.” He puts it similarly in his latest effort,Church 3.0. The book is ostensibly about how to shift from program-driven and clergy-led institutions to churches that are “relational, simple, intimate, and viral.” Still, says Cole, “Changing the church is not the idea of this book … . The only reason to shift from Church 2.0 to Church 3.0 is to change the world.”

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