Preaching Through the Church Year – Jack Daniel

One Sunday during last year’s Christmas season, my wife and I worshipped at the church of a young, dynamic pastor whom I had been coaching. His message was biblical, practical, and well delivered, and the worship music was uplifting and skillfully led. Only one thing was missing: Christmas! No mention was made of Christmas anywhere …

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Discerning a Replant’s Starting Point

A common mistake seen among church replanters is their failure to do the hard work of discerning the starting point of their church.  If the church replanter fails to grasp the starting point then their plans and ideas are often unhelpful and typically face resistance. The difficulty of determining the starting point is compounded by …

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Is There a Grandparent Role in the Church?

On April 24, 2012, I became a grandparent for the first time.  Prior to my grandson being born, I began asking other grandparents what it was like to be a grandparent.  All I ever got was “it’s fun.”  I replied, “but being a parent was fun, so what do you mean by it’s fun?”  But …

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What Is Church Replanting, New England Style?

Churches have been in need of revitalization since the New Testament church began because churches are made up of sinners who individually and collectively need to be sanctified.  Typically, churches go through seasons of growth and decline.  Unfortunately, some times the decline is not addressed and the decline continues.  The attendance numbers decline, the mission …

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Jesus came to serve, have we?

Why are Christians willing to suffer for the sake of others? Why do they choose to sacrifice for those they don’t even know? Why do they take the initiative to risk their lives in order to serve the lowly and marginalized of society? Time and time again, they choose to personally absorb the hurt and …

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It is about the ministry

Bill Clinton made headlines with the phrase “It’s the economy stupid.” He wanted people to realize that there are lots of issues to talk about and lots of ideas to base a presidential strategy on but the key determiner in his mind was the economy. When it comes to deciding on where to minister there …

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Incarnational Ministry

Is our ministry an incarnational ministry? Paul believed that the one doing the ministry is the one who ought to make the needed cultural adaptions out of love for those who don’t know Christ. Paul taught that those he was free from all men, he made himself a slave to all, so that he may …

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