Category Archives: Church Transformation

God’s Will vs. Our Decisions

There is not one instance in scripture where God wills the death or failure of a church. Revelation has seven letters warning seven churches to shape up or perish. If you don’t read the Disciples bloggers, don’t start now. Some … Continue reading

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Youth Among the Prophets

I told our youth how a moment of worship made Saul a different person and turned a good son seeking lost donkeys into a king who dared to dance with the prophets. Then, I handed out bongos, tambourines, song flutes and ukes. Continue reading

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The Wages of Sin

It has been said that AA and 12-step recovery programs are the biggest development in western spirituality since the Protestant Reformation. Luther rejected the Pope; 12-steppers rejected religion in all its trappings, including the priesthood. It’s truly a priesthood of believers in a Higher Power that goes unlabeled, peer-to-peer ministry, sinner-to-sinner therapy. If you want to talk spirituality with Boomers and X-ers, you’ll find common ground with more people quoting the Big Book than quoting scripture. Continue reading

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Emerging from, as, & into church

I’ve always had a thing for storefront churches. I remember jamming at a storefront church gathering where 25 people raised the roof and broke firecode capacity. It was an urban translation of the little country churches scattered around my small hometown. Continue reading

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A Tweet from God

Don’t tell me Jesus doesn’t get technology! His most famous quote, in the most common translation, is also a pure and perfect Tweet! Continue reading

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Lion of Judah, King of Israel

I preached this sermon on October 29, 2006, and guess what — the vision came true! A 53-year-old church still satisfies even charter members with traditional worship, draws young families with contemporary worship and children’s church, and builds a new community on a recovery ministry. With 150-200 worshipers on Sunday and 60-90 at Celebrate Recovery, Tropical Sands Christian Church thrives because the old supports the new — and vice versa! The premise is simple: If you want to settle down in the grasslands of Judah, you have to help the other tribes take the Promised Land! Continue reading

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