I think all local churches should have an active expression of support in another church which is growing toward viability. I don’t think local churches should outsource this support to their denomination. Being supportive of a growing church helps a local church actively think about what it is doing to grow. It’s hard to pray …

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A post about growing a heart that genuinely is joyful when hearing about other churches that are seeing more fruit than the one you belong to. This is hard. For me, anyway. We strive to see fruitfulness in our mission and ministry, but when others seem to have blessings that we’d like to experience there’s …

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Some grabs from yesterday. Contextualisation: Bringing the changeless message of the Gospel to address the particular cultural situation of the audience. Sermon introductions: ‘Open up your Bibles to …’ is also a contextualised approach to a felt need of an audience. No one presentation can transcend all cultures. What steps do we take to locate/stay …

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Just a brief note as we prepare for day two. As they say in the classics ‘he wrote the book.’ The ground covered in Keller’s talks yesterday focussed on the latter content of Center Church. Of interest were: His observations on institutions and movements and their differences, strengths and limitations. Gospel work needs the best …

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