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Looking Back, Looking Around, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Around, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Around, Looking Forward At Crestview, the church where I serve as Youth Minister, our weekly staff meetings always follow a similar pattern. First, we evaluate recent events. Then, we discuss what is coming next and how we can best prepare....
Knowing Your Neighborhood

Knowing Your Neighborhood

Knowing Your Neighborhood Part 1 of 3 One Sunday morning, years ago, a refugee family showed up at church and they kept coming back. I walked out of the office one afternoon, made my way up the street, and knocked on the front door of where the refugees were living....

Does the Gospel Sell Itself? (part 4)

Does the Gospel sell itself?  That’s how I began this series of posts, and that’s how I’ll end it.  If we are on a road alongside of which are exits to narcissism, self-indulgence, and self-promotion, and the Heavenly City seems further away in our...

Does the Gospel Sell Itself? (part 3)

Ours is a time in which all the old truths have seemed questionable, all the old habits indefensible, and all the old passions unthinkable.  Since Christianity is no longer a new religion and since Christians are often leaders in the power systems of the world and...

Does the Gospel Sell Itself (part 2)

How do we get off the road?  How do we join the earliest disciples in their journey, for which a single change of clothes and the greatest possible trust in God was enough?  How do we do this together, so that we don’t play generations or theological stances or...