The beginning of Gospel proclamation was not eye-witnesses trying to convince those who had not seen, but one group of eye-witnesses seeking to help other eye-witnesses understand what they all had seen. Even as Gospel proclamation continued on it was grounded in events that had happened and been seen and experienced. From Dale Ralph Davis: …

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Mez McConnell writes frankly about a Christian culture that won’t invest in reaching hard places, but encourages people and churches to spend money based on sentiment or experience for little real return. From his post. Let’s not think too deeply about the fact that the Western evangelical money machine basically runs the most sophisticated and …

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Gary Millar reflects that in contemporary culture, making the idea that a local church is ‘just like you’ as central to its efforts to reach out into the community is no longer effective. His conclusion: Ultimately, the gospel itself is the Unique Selling Proposition (USP) of Christianity. God in Christ has made it possible through …

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Mez McConnell reflects on Jesus observation about wealth being an obstruction to entering the kingdom of God and the implications of that for evangelism and church planting: The Danger of Wealth Jesus said it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom …

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Daniel Darling on church being a snapshot of God’s grace and not homogeneous unit management principles: Sometimes, in our quest to create cutting-edge churches, we sacrifice our long-term futures for short-term benefits. I’ve often felt this way as I’ve walked into vibrant, well-known churches or as I attend popular evangelical conferences. It seems that we …

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Sam Kim writes about the social media fueled anxiety that seems to be eating away at younger generations. Courtesy of Ed Stetzer’s blog: In a culture based on shame and superficiality, the elephant in the room, which is the pressure to be amazing, is always staring directly at us. If we truly want to win …

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Zac Hicks on corporate worship as true mission activity, perhaps in contrast to being evangelistic activity. The symbiotic relationship between worship and mission means, first of all, that it would be unthinkable to ever replace corporate, gathered worship with missional acts of evangelism and community service, just as it would be unthinkable to remove a …

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