4 Reasons Suburban churches should stay out of the city

I’ve heard that several prominent suburban churches in Minnesota announcing plans to open locations downtown. As an urban dweller – who is also a missionary and student of the church – I thought I’d share some major reservations about this development. At the core this is an issue of culture and world view. A mentor…

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Evolution has space in Scripture

Very astute observations about how we can manipulate the Bible by asking questions that are assumed today, that the authors of the text weren’t addressing. This is part of the reason why many fundamentalists assume Evolution to be untrue, and why they mis-understand the beginning and end of time (in my opinion – obviously since…

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End Times and Djesus Unchained

http://www.hulu.com/watch/457671 Whenever SNL does a short it is going to be over the top satire. That is their style, and they have done a really good job with it over the last couple years. Last weekend they unveiled a new short (embedded below) called Djesus Unchained. It showed a vengeful Jesus who has raised from the dead, killing…

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The Pope, Twitter, and Driving Culture

My 300 words for why you need to engage on twitter + even the pope is doing it. An interesting shift took place in the western church this past century. It is the same shift that pushed churches to the sidelines of culture and conversation in the west. We, as the leaders of the church, began to…

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Church is a Base Camp

Church is not the goal. To journey and be transformed is.  As a pastor my heart beats so that others may have their own intimate and exciting experiences with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. For the church to facilitate this,  we need to see ourselves as the base camp of life. Where we prepare others…

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How to say No

If your purpose is to keep your ministry focused, the most important phrase you can master is ‘no’. Make no mistake, mastery is required. We have been trained that to be told ‘no’ means that one was wrong. Yet focus is often not lost by following things that are wrong, but by following good things…

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Faithfulness is Everything…ness

In a visual world it is second nature to count, collect, and compare what is seen. It seems natural to desire more and from a young age we do. We believe that 72 crayons are better than 12, even if we only use 6. We compare important things too: ministries, callings, follower, and bank accounts. Yet…

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Why I Don’t Care about your Calling

There’s excitement as people discover, discern, and accept their life calling. Yet if life were a single day this would equate to little more than putting on a single sock. You have not yet reached the door, and have the majority of the real work ahead. With this perspective we can accept our calling as a critical step…

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Honest Realizations: Being Meaningful to Someone

The ministry/missionary world is immersed and exists within a single verse from the Apostle Paul – 1 Corinthians 9:20-23 (full passage below). It’s the passage where he talks about becoming all things to all people so that he might save some of them. This weekend that passage was weighing on me as I dreamt of…

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Communicate to Maximize your Mentorship

The best thing you can do for your mentorship time is to communicate well. There are three key ways that this communication takes place that will help you to maximize your time together. Set the Agenda beforehand As entrepreneurs we have a reputation for our ability to work on the fly. Do not do this…

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Finding Mentors Worth your Time

Not all mentors are created equal. As you move forward you’ll find a lot of people with opinions for how you should be using your time and focus. All opinions are not created equal. They want you to succeed, but this doesn’t transform them into good ideas. Those worth listening to are often extremely busy…

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The Differences Great Mentors Make

Since you’re reading about mentors it tells me that – at a minimum – you believe it is valuable. I hope that these encouragements will galvanize your passion for life long mentorship. These are the three reasons why I pursue and value mentorship. Avoiding Pitfalls Your mentors live outside the noise and chaos of your…

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Mentorship will Change your Life

With my first startup back in High School I lucked out by having people enter into my life to mentor me and provide guidance. As I got older, and started my current endeavor I noticed that it required a lot more energy and intentionality on my part to connect with mentors. I’ve had dozens of…

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Excellent List App to Get Things Done

One of the biggest challenges in ministry is keeping track of everything that is on our plates as ministers. Very few of us are fortunate enough to be able to focus exclusively on preaching, or pastoral care. Most of us have to wear dozens of different hats a week. To-Do applications are the perfect solution…

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Theological Musings of the Moment

Seminary is almost done! It has been an extremely enriching time for me as few are granted the opportunity to set much of life aside to look into theology, history, missiology, and the scriptures for three years. There has been a lot that I have learned about: contextual theology, evolutionary theology, preaching, contextual theology/indigenous churches, and much more.…

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Becoming a Bi-Vocational Pastor

The natural question one is asked as they graduate from Seminary is: What is next for you/Where is God calling you? With only 82 days between me and my Masters of Divinity this question is looming in the bushes (or shrubbery if you will). For my wife and I we will be bi-vocational pastors. Choosing Bi-Vocational This does…

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What makes something Great?

Yesterday morning I found myself thinking about greatness and faith. I have come across individuals who hold that something done with Christ is automatically great. It isn’t that I would discount the importance of living a life with the Spirit, and honoring God with our times and talents. It is that I have issue with…

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Sermon: Living Beyond Yourself

I just finished up 9 straight days of class, 8+ hours a day. While it was very intense and time consuming it was a great experience, though one i don’t think I will need to repeat. I took my first Old Testament course (OT501) on Genesis – Ruth, and then immediately rolled into my Preaching…

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