Jul
25
2014

Reading List: Mission Drift

Mission Drift

In 1636 Harvard was founded as a place to train clergy. In 2014 many in the church find this hard to imagine. So what happened over the last three hundred years to change the way that we view this venerable institution? Chris Horst, Peter Greer, and Andy Crouch recently teamed up to write a book called Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches, in it they explain exactly what happened: Mission Drift. A […]

Jun
30
2014

We Need a Better Story

Tell them your story

My month-long journey through the first half of the Old Testament is coming to a close, and as I have been reflecting on my experience over the last few weeks (also known as studying for the final), I have once again been captured by the idea of identity. When we began our class, we started off by reading Ezra and Nehemiah and highlighted how important the reestablishment of a Jewish identity was for the returning exiles. […]

Jun
25
2014

Who Do We Look To?

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Those of you who know me, or have been reading this site for any amount of time, know that I have an appreciation for the larger churches in this country. While I wholeheartedly believe that there is an important place for the small church as well, I do believe that those who associate the megachurch with the anti-Christ fail to recognize some of the ways that these churches have impacted the Kingdom for the better. […]

Jun
24
2014

Links of the Week: June 15-21

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Every day I share several links through my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts as well as the Church Simple Facebook page. These links are sometimes church related, sometimes leadership focused, and sometimes they just catch my eye… but I believe that they are helpful for church leaders. Here are the five posts from last week that people were most interested in: 10 things a small group leader has to stop doing, from Ben Reed 7 of the Greatest Needs of a […]

Jun
17
2014

Links Worth Reading: June 8-14

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Every day I share several links through my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts as well as the Church Simple Facebook page. These links are sometimes church related, sometimes leadership focused, and sometimes they just catch my eye… but I believe that they are helpful for church leaders. Here are the five posts from last week that people were most interested in: 10 Practices Of The Most Frustrating Leaders, from Brian Dodd Should the Position Be Paid or Volunteer, from Ron Edmondson Ways […]

Jun
16
2014

The Covenant Talk

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With my student ministry background I tend to get nervous any time a subject is described as “The ____________ talk.” Having had the responsibility of giving “The Sex Talk”, “The Alcohol Talk”, “The I know what you were doing when you were supposed to be sleeping at the retreat Talk”, and countless others, I broke into cold sweats when our professor asked us whether we have had “The Covenant Talk” on Friday morning. Fortunately I didn’t have to give […]

Jun
11
2014

Regaining Our Identity

Who are you ?

One of the themes that I can’t help but notice as we work our way through the Old Testament is that of identity. So much of what we are reading is telling, and retelling, of the story of who the Israelites are. Whether it is the story of Abraham and the covenant, the story of Joseph, or of leaving Egypt, the value of knowing who we are, and where we have come from is incredibly […]

Jun
10
2014

Links Worth Reading: June 1-7

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Every day I share several links through my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts as well as the Church Simple Facebook page. These links are sometimes church related, sometimes leadership focused, and sometimes they just catch my eye… but I believe that they are helpful for church leaders. Here are the five posts from last week that people were most interested in: Is your church really safe, from Ben Reed 10 Things Happy Couples Do Differently, from Kent Julian Practices that Help […]

Jun
9
2014

Leaning into I AM

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On Friday I shared a little about the way our pride can take control and cause us to take matters into our own hands. The danger of writing about these things is that you begin to think through how it applies to your own life. During the course of our classroom conversations on Friday, our professor reminded us that the main character of the book of Genesis is God. We love to say that the main […]

Jun
6
2014

Humility in Leadership

The Man

Several years ago I remember hearing someone describe scripture as being like a polished diamond: you can gaze upon a diamond and see the light do amazing things and then with a slight turn, you see something completely new through another facet. As I continue to dive into the Old Testament for my summer semester class, I continue to be amazed by how a fresh reading of familiar scripture reveals things that I had never […]

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