If anyone ever lived out the “What Would Jesus Do” ethic, Justin did. He moved into an abandoned train depot in the bar district of the next town over and took in homeless people. One night I think he baptized nineteen people in the fountain of the big Baptist church a couple of blocks over. … Continue reading What Would Jesus Evade? DDWJWD Part 2
Back when I was one of approximately four people going to heaven, I used to knock on doors to let others know. I didn’t really care that much if they accepted what I had to say; I just knew that in addition to conforming to every “command, example, and necessary inference”¹ in the Bible, I … Continue reading My Pragma Ran Over My Dogma
There's an optimism that conceals corruption.
If God is God, he's never needed us to defend him and he never will.
What if the essence of church could be boiled down to two words? What if believers in Christ shared life? When we share our lives - our time, money, burdens, joys, and struggles - we experience and demonstrate the kingdom of God. When we share his life, we intentionally engage with the lost and dying … Continue reading Simple church planting resources galore
Why do simple church? Because Jesus told us to make disciples. " But," someone might respond, "aren't sermons, Sunday School, VBS, mission trips, weekend seminars,small groups, and a myriad of other programs carried on by institutional churches just methods for making disciples?" From what I've observed after a couple of years of attempting to make reproducing disciples, not … Continue reading Churched to Death
I have some friends who've recently come to faith. They're from a subculture very disparate from mine. They've drawn me into conversations I've never had with other church members. Since they're new believers and I'm a pastor, I usually see our interactions as an opportunity for me to assist their spiritual growth. I find myself … Continue reading Learning to Learn
In 1 Cor. 15:3-6, Paul recounts his gospel. Those who would participate in evangelizing the world, do well to consider this passage. First, notice the brevity of Paul's statement. In just 25 words, Paul relates the crucial elements of the gospel - "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, … Continue reading Gospel
I just came back from a meeting with my daughter and two of her friends. They attend a charter school in the area. I've been challenging and equipping them to reach their fellow students with the gospel. Today they kind of pushed back and told me that their classmates are particularly hostile to people attempting "push their … Continue reading Pusher
I am a planter of simple churches who also pastors a conventional church. "How does that work?", you ask. Check out this quote from Steve Smith in the book T4T: A Discipleship Re-revolution: Giving groups the freedom, even the empowerment, to become new churches takes the limit off the budding movement. You could view yourself … Continue reading D-church Unshackled!