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Oct
30
2013

Conversations: Rick McKinley

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Let’s get something straight right from the start: this post might give the impression that I have a man crush on Rick McKinley. I do. Now that we have dealt with the obvious, let’s talk a little bit about the conversation that Todd and I recently had with Rick. Twelve years ago, Rick McKinley and a small group of people set out to plant a church in one of the most unchurched cities in America: Portland, […]

May
6
2013

Speed Round, Featuring Mark Driscoll and Ed Young

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This afternoon we present the latest Ministry Briefing Speed Round, featuring stories focused on Ed Young and Mark Driscoll: Mark Driscoll surprises everyone by making environmentally insensitive comments, and suggests that men who drive minivans are mini-men. Ed Young hosts “Dog Days Weekend,” which encourages everyone to bring their dogs to church and tailors the sermon around dogs. Pray for the janitor. If stories like these interest you, check out Ministry Briefing Digest, 175 stories, articles, and studies that pastors […]

Apr
29
2013

Ministry Briefing Speed Round

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Today is the second installment of the Ministry Briefing Speed Round. In this edition we discuss: Zachery Tims’ memorial service The son of Paula White calls out the rapper behind Fal$e Prophet$ Self-censoring on Facebook Catholic school teacher fired for homosexual relationship Dallas “Rave Church” shut down Each of these stories were covered in the soon to be released May edition of Ministry Briefing Digest. Which of these stories do YOU think is most significant for the […]

Apr
18
2013

Benny Heads to Trinidad and Tobago

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Benny Hinn recently headed to Trinidad and Tobago for one of his crusades, where he asked those gathered to sow a seed of faith for $100 (or TT$600). Considering the economic status of Trinidad and Tobago, this represents a significant sacrifice for many in the crowd, but Hinn let them know what would happen in return: You will produce a harvest for the rest of your life. There will be a miracle in your finances […]

Mar
13
2013

Welcome Pope Francis I

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Earlier today, Pope Francis, formerly Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, of Argentina was named the 266th Pope, and the first South American to be elected to the office. From what we can tell, Pope Francis is fairly conservative, with a heart for those with HIV/AIDS. He has strong positions on abortion, birth control, and gay marriage, which will likely disappoint many American Catholics. In this edition of Ministry Briefing we discuss the new pontiff, and why this […]

Feb
13
2013

Rick Warren to Launch Radio Show

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Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, recently announced that he will be starting a new radio show. The show, thirty minutes in length, will be broadcast Monday through Friday in the top twenty-five radio markets in the nation. The show is being launched in order to combat the rise of rudeness, and war on religious freedom in the United States. Rick has spoken several times of late on talk shows about the lack of civility […]

Feb
8
2013

Megan Phelps-Roper Leaves Westboro

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It takes courage to step up and do something you believe to be the right thing, while knowing that it will cost you dearly. Megan Phelps-Roper knows something about this. Megan recently left Westboro Baptist Church… yeah, those guys, leaving behind her family, and the only community that she has known for the last twenty-seven years. This morning, Todd and I discuss her story, and the significance of her situation. Click below to check out […]

Feb
23
2011

Delighting in the Law of the Lord

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On Tuesday mornings I wake up way too early and take part in a men’s Bible study at my church.  In the course of yesterday’s time together we briefly read through Psalm 1: 1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who […]

Feb
22
2011

The Strategic Role of Associations in Church Planting

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As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll be spending the next few weeks on this site talking about effective church planting in the local Baptist Association. For my readers who are not part of my denominational “tribe,” please excuse some of the “insider” conversation that will neccesarily be a part of this discussion. It is my hope that my non-Baptist brothers and sisters will nonetheless learn some principles that they can take back into […]

Feb
19
2011

Missional Thoughts – Living Missionally Part One

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We started the Thingy (the missional church Wendy and I belong to) with the desire of redefining “church.”  We hoped to move away from a program-centric understanding of church to a lifestyle-centric understanding.  We wanted membership in the church to be more about how we lived in our communities than what we did when we gathered. As the team planned I studied other groups with lifestyle driven models of discipleship – specifically recovery programs like […]