Recently Added Blog Entries

Apr 22, 2015

Pastor in Person by Jonathan Shradar

As our culture wrestles with the tension between social media and real life interaction, the church has not remained some bastion of personal, face-to-face, living life together. We know we crave it. We hear it preached about. But we still check in and out once a week and push off interaction to the digital realm, if we have relationships in the church at all.

Apr 22, 2015

Building a Church Planting Culture in Your Church by Lane Harrison

Building a culture of church planting begins by making it personal to your people. When planting becomes personal, your people will pray for it, give to it, talk about it and celebrate it. These priorities will build a culture of planting in your church.

Apr 22, 2015

People, Not Projects by Peyton Hill

Just as we need grace, patience, and help, the other people in our churches do too. Because in the end, we are all just projects in process, aren’t we?

Apr 22, 2015

I Preached a Dud. Now What? by J.A. Medders

You just stepped down from the stage and you know it. Your wife knows it too. You preached a dud. At least you think you did. And probably a number of people in the church thought so as well. What now?

Apr 22, 2015

Don't Let the Gospel Flag Touch the Ground by Erik Raymond

I find it ironic and troubling that so many who wave the gospel-centered flag too often carelessly let it touch the ground in their writing, tweets, and conversations. Far from being semantics, this issue communicates a fundamental misunderstanding of the gospel and its implications for holiness.

Apr 22, 2015

Enduring Motivation for Ministry as a Pastor's Wife by Christine Hoover

I’d been a pastor’s wife for less than a year when I began preparing my exit strategy . . .

Apr 22, 2015

Students Are Not “Future Church” by Steve Patton

The youth aren’t the church of tomorrow preparing for their place one day in ministry. The people in the congregation aren’t the church waiting to get its turn to do the real stuff when a leadership opportunity comes up. They are all the church right now.

Apr 22, 2015

The Glorious Freedom of Not Mattering by Michael Kelley

When I feel small, there is the gospel that reminds me that my size and worth is determined by that which was sacrificed for me.

Apr 22, 2015

An Invitation to Expectation by Brandon D. Smith

Acts 2:42-47. A bunch of normal folks, like you and me, praying, eating, and worshiping together. It’s not much different than my church’s community groups that meet around the Dallas/Fort Worth area together. It’s a relief, a needed calm. And yet it isn’t calm at all . . .

Apr 22, 2015

The Challenge of Contending by Aaron Armstrong

How do we contend for the faith and guard the gospel without being argumentative, judgmental, or cantakerous?