Making the Poor Part of Our Lives – Part 2

The “least of these my brothers” (“adelphoi” in Greek) historically has been a controversial phrase in Matthew 25:40. Some have argued (the particularist interpretation) that because Jesus often referred to his disciples as...

Making the Poor Part of Our Lives – Part 1

In the parable of “the rich man and Lazarus” (Luke 16:19-31), Jesus describes a scene where the poor man, Lazarus, now in heaven by Abraham’s side, looks over the chasm at the rich man who now stands in the flames of Hades. The rich man begs Abraham...

3 Major Changes for Church-Planting Expectations

Church planting in the United States and Canada has been traditionally all about gathering a large crowd, making a big splash in a community and building a building. Success is measured by how big and how fast. Though I recognize there is some legitimacy in gathering...

Where Can You Find Serious Theological Reflection?

More than 3.5 million books are published in the world every year while around 500,000 people complete a marathon. This means it’s seven times easier for somebody to publish a book than to run a marathon. It’s even easier to start a blog. If you’re...

2 Problems with Multi-Site Video Venue Churches

The multi-site video venue church model (MSVV) has become in vogue among larger churches in America over the past 15 years. Some MSVV churches share the same mission statement, doctrinal statement, approach to worship and preaching, yet give independent status to each...