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Author: Gary Comer

The Significance of the Scrawl

Meditating on the story of the adulterous woman caught and corralled by a religious stone-throwing community, I puzzled over why the Gospel writer captured the detail, “But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger” (John 8:6). Initially, I surmised that it was just one of those mindless actions that had […]

How Evangelism Got Lost

I know the title puts the skids on for some. What? Evangelism lost? That didn’t happen. You are right in the sense that God continues to reach people, and he continues to use his church, unquestionably. But what I am insinuating did happen. A shift took place that relegated evangelism from prominence. I believe such […]

Gain Heart for God’s Call

Living in Southern California, we have famous theme parks in driving distance. The last time we were at Knott’s Berry Farm, my wife and two boys had gone on most of the big rides except one. Late in the night, we stood sizing the Xcelerator ride, and from sheer intimidation, we passed. Leaving the park, […]

Movement Starts With Us

We can observe movement in many Bible passages. Try it now. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way […]

God’s Globes

It’s that cinematic celebration time of year again. We are now only days away from the Oscars. I watched its precursor, the foreign press’s Golden Globes. Did you tune in? I enjoy these cultural events; there always seems to be something worth noting. And no different this year—it arrived from the words of George Clooney. […]

Mission Atrophy

I played football at Long Beach State University. A walk on, I fought my way up from the bottom rungs of the depth-chart to second string status; that is until I blew out a knee in the final Spring game. Ouch! It wasn’t the worst kind (medial collateral ligament tear), but it did require the […]

New Believer Ministry Matters

Standing before the class, the teacher asked the question: When you became a Christian, how many of your friends were non-Christians? “All of them,” replied Chris. Stop for a moment to let his statement sink in. All of his friends were outside the church. Wow! If you can’t see the missional opportunity there, you need […]

Culture Mirror

My pastor friend, Mike Barnes, recently attended a public city gathering in the spirit of meeting new people from the community. The event began with an ice-breaking activity as a mixer. Everyone got a piece of paper taped to his or her back with the name of a specific people-group category. The participants were then […]

Missional Doctorate Anyone?

If you, or someone you know, are ready to take a higher education step in the area of church growth expansion, please consider the attached flyer. (Don’t hesitate to forward it on!) This is the program of my doctorate. I loved the connection with the cohort, the class material, and most of all, the extended […]