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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
16
2014

The Covenant Talk

torn contract

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
3
2014

Nehemiah, Ezra, and the American Church

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In an earlier post, I mentioned that as part of my current course work I will be sharing some reflections on what we are discussing in class. Scriptures I covers Genesis through Nehemiah, and yesterday we began our discussion by focusing on Ezra and Nehemiah. While discussing the historical context of the books, our professor suggested that for us, as seminary students looking to do ministry in our current context, that these two books are a […]

Feb
3
2014

Portrait of Community: Lars and the Real Girl

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Friday night I watched a movie that I never would have seen, had I not received credit for watching it. The movie was called Lars and the Real Girl, and it paints a picture of community that is utterly beautiful. The film focuses on a socially awkward young man named Lars, who has serious struggles in the relationship department. For much of the film I found myself cringing at the awkwardness that is the character of […]

Nov
11
2013

It’s Not What You Know…

Red and White target with three arrow

Todd Henry’s Accidental Creative podcast hit me with a simple one liner, that brought a few things into focus for me last night. A simple line, that he probably didn’t think a whole lot about, tied together some of my recent thinking on disciple making: It’s not what you know, it’s what you do that matters. Way back in the day, during my undergrad career, we learned that there were five purposes of the local […]

Nov
4
2013

Our Most Important Metric

Hairpin in alps

I read a fascinating piece on Digital Trends yesterday that has me thinking about what we design things for. The article talks about Nurburgring, a world renowned racetrack, and how automobile manufacturers use the track to test high performance cars, leveraging that data for marketing purposes. While this sounds like a phenomenal idea at first, they may be a few unintended consequences with this strategy. Peter Braun, author of the article, sums it up beautifully in […]

Oct
11
2013

Is this REALLY Necessary?

Answers in Genesis mockup

While putting together this week’s Ministry Briefing (oh by the way, we release them every Friday now!) I came across a story from the CNN Belief Blog about an advertising campaign recently launched by Answers in Genesis. The campaign consists of a series of billboards in New York, San Francisco, and LosAngeles much like those seen in the picture. The text of the message sends a pretty blatant message: To all of our atheist friends: Thank […]

Sep
18
2013

Conversations: What Canada Can Teach Us

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Canada is a wonderful country. The cities are beautiful, the people are incredibly nice, and they gave us hockey (what more do you need?). But Canada also has the potential to give the evangelical church in the United States another, very important gift: wisdom and experience. Ten years ago Canada legalized same-sex marriage. Today, in America, we are rapidly moving towards legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states. Whether this scares you, or excites you, […]

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