Last week I had the privilege of attending Exponential East 2016 for the first time with some fellow staff members. Exponential is a conference and organization founded by Todd Wilson and Dave Ferguson. Their team puts on these annual conferences with an emphasis on church planting, multiplication, discipleship, and the missional movement. It was a week full … Continue reading 4 Takeaways From Exponential East 2016
Last week I was shocked to learn the news of a pastor I highly respect was fired for several instances of pastoral misconduct. When I read the statement prepared by the eldership of his church, I couldn’t believe it. I just listened to this guy preach a deeply encouraging sermon at a conference I recently attended. … Continue reading Witnessing Confessions, and Making Them Our Own
“Love on people.” “Doing life together.” “Being Missional.” “Life on Life Discipleship.” “Being Disciple-Makers.” You’ve probably heard at least one of those phrases used by someone in a Christian gathering this week. Some of the phrases are downright creepy (seriously, can we just cut “love on _______” from our Christianese vocab?) These kinds of phrases are not … Continue reading Are You Really A Disciple-Maker?
Just short of ten years ago, my family closed the heavy metal door to the moving truck. My whole life, in one sense, was being transported across the country to Maryville, Tennessee. In another sense, though, my whole life was staying behind. Growing up in Cut-N’-Shoot, Texas, a population under 1500 residents, had its drawbacks, … Continue reading To Freeman
During some recent devotional time through John’s Epistles, I noticed perhaps for the first time the peculiarity of the endings to two of his three epistles: Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so … Continue reading Paper and Ink
January 4, 2010. It was a cold day in Atlanta, Georgia, and I had just finished grabbing a bite to eat for dinner and heading toward the Phillips Arena for the evening session of the Passion Conference. I was nineteen at the time, a college freshman who came into town for winter break and to … Continue reading The Joy of Glorifying God — A Tribute to John Piper
Our series continues on the “trivial church” and how we can regain an accurate understanding of its designed function. In the first post, we looked at some common “blanket statements” made about the universal Church. This time we will be focusing on the some of the more localized and personal reasons why people may choose … Continue reading Attacking Trivial Church: Part Two