Blessed are the Blocked

I went through a long stretch of being underemployed, but this year I received an offer to join Sandals Church staff full-time. Before starting the new position, Pastor Matt Brown invited me to meet with other leaders to discuss the church discipleship path. I knew it was an important meeting and set out plenty early […]

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The Parable of the Point

The Bible teacher charges his people to take the gospel to the world. Metaphorically speaking, each person gathered gets handed a spear. The spear is the only weapon they have at their personal disposal to use for the gospel. Yet something’s wrong. The spear has no point. The shaft is plenty balanced and strong, yet […]

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Soul Whisperer Released!

In late February, Wipf and Stock Publishers officially released the book. With this being my first, we have learned that both the publishing and marketing processes take time. Several weeks after the release, the Kindle edition was posted on Amazon, and then weeks after that—the paperback was made available with chapter previews. We also learned […]

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The Gospel Key Live!

Mission can be excitedly unpredictable! During a recent new believers course, God showed up in an unexpected way. Brittany, one of our new believers, knowing we would be discussing outreach, took the initiative to bring her not-yet-believing friend, Jocelyn. In this session, we introduced “the gospel key” (a method I teach on how to speak […]

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Remaking Culture

It is so easy to slam the church and Christian culture. But the challenge is changing it. One of the real treasures that arrived on bookshelves this past year is Culture Making, by Andy Crouch. Weighing in on the dynamics with culture, he writes, “You can’t merely repudiate culture. If you are serious about changing […]

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Oscars Observations

Being a self-declared movie buff, I have a penchant for the Oscars. As a pastor who is trying to be culturally in-tune, I have viewed this event as a window to the popular culture. From year to year, you never know what you might pick up. So, here is my take on this year’s red […]

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Peer Learning

One of the ways to increase faith-sharing effectiveness is to allow Christians to learn from each other. Peer or “experienced based” learning gives others a chance to hear about “live” interactions. It takes us away from irrelevant didactic teaching and moves us into the more intuitive skills of relating. Forming a missions group in your […]

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Getting Out There!

While coaching one of our Network’s church planters, he tells me of his recent trip to the Grand Canyon, and a poignant moment that stirred him. He and his wife decided to join the crowd of paying customers to experience the multi-million dollar Grand Canyon Skywalk. Perhaps you have heard of the protruding over-the-edge glass […]

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Realigning Dreams

In the famous first calling of the disciples, Jesus the carpenter meets fisherman on their turf (Luke 5:1–11). Bypassing conversation about boards, nails and hammers, he offers a simple invitation to fish, once more. It is just the fact that Jesus fulfills their greatest fishing dream that makes his call so compelling. How many times […]

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