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People Tend to “Drift” from Churches

People Tend to “Drift” from Churches When it comes to church, drift leads to distance and distance leads to disconnection – Dan Reiland In a recent blog, Dan Reiland discusses the “5 Most Common Reasons for Church Drift.” I know that summer time often sees members on vacation or on [...]

The Validity of Evangelism and Justice Going Together

The Validity of Evangelism and Justice Going Together Last month I preached from Acts 3 & 4 on how evangelism and justice go together. Peter and John were heading to Temple to worship when they encounter a lame beggar. He had hoped for a handout; they gave a hand up…”get [...]

“It Could Be Easy to Lose Hope”

“It Could Be Easy to Lose Hope” If all you hear is “bad news” and “dire predictions,” it could be easy to lose hope. Yesterday I received an email from a friend who shared the most recently “blog” from Thom Rainer, a researchist and author out of the Southern Baptist [...]

Biblical Justice

Biblical Justice When most people think in terms of “justice,” they normally focus on “punishments” and “pay-back.” We see it on the news almost daily: A person is injured or killed, and immediately there rises up a call for “justice.” Where there is a “wrong,” the call for “justice” usually [...]

What One Church is Doing to Reach Out

                                                    What One Church is Doing to Reach Out Rev. Landon Ledlow from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Austin sent me a copy of a social [...]

The Committed New Life

The Committed New Life If you recall from Sunday’s sermon on Acts 2, God has three essentials needed for working transformation among his people: the Holy Spirit, transformational preaching, and committed people (you can go to www.rlcnn.org/sermonsarchive/be-the-church-essentials-needed-for-god-to-work/ in case you missed or fell asleep during it). The Church was told [...]

“Witnesses”

“Witnesses” Acts 1 8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Imagine there is a car wreck, and you were there when it [...]

Missional or Attractional? The Value of Embracing a Both/And Mentality

Missional or Attractional? The Value of Embracing a Both/And Mentality In a recent article in Christianity Today, Eddie Cole, the Superintendent of the Easter District of the Evangelical Free Church of America, writes of how every Christian should be missional (outreach-oriented) and every church should be attractional (i.e., bring people [...]

BEING GOOD HOSTS FOR EASTER

BEING GOOD HOSTS FOR EASTER This coming Sunday is EASTER SUNDAY. This is a Sunday that for many churches sees a higher-than-usual number of GUESTS in attendance, along with what some call “C & E” members (Christmas and Easter attenders). Regular attenders have habits. They like to sit on the [...]

Listening Posts

Listening Posts As we enter a formal, transitional phase of the Intentional Interim Ministry, we will begin to have series of “listening posts” where we will sit and reflect on data collected, history of the church, and asking where God is working in our midst. The first of our “listening [...]