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Normative vs Necessary

We are no longer meeting on Sunday. Is that okay? If it is okay then what keeps us from deciding to keep doing it this way forever? The answer is the difference between normative and necessary. What is normative when it comes to the assembly? Assembling. What is necessary right now? Find ways to doContinue Reading

Did God Send COVID19 to Punish Us?

I have heard this on social media more times than I would like to say. While I don’t claim to know the mind of God and while God hasn’t asked me to speak on this for Him we can examine how the world works from a biblical perspective. We need to look at Genesis 3Continue Reading

Resurrection: The Crucifixion is Meaningless Without It

So much of our teaching focuses on the death of Jesus because we have often been more caught up on the “spiritual” problem (sin) rather than the physical problem (death and decay/corruption). However, without the resurrection…the crucifixion is meaningless. Many people ended up on Roman crosses claiming to be the Christ/Messiah. But only one ofContinue Reading

Easter in Pandemic

I am more hopeful about the church coming out of pandemic than I was going into it. Maybe you are too. God always brings life from death. Jesus once said that “unless a seed falls to the ground and dies it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. AnyoneContinue Reading

God is Shaping the Church for the Next 50 Years

We are undergoing tectonic shifts in what church is all about. If church was about Sunday, then church is no more until Sunday gatherings come back. But we know that isn’t the case and the very fact that we are seeing what church is truly all about means that church can’t and won’t be theContinue Reading

A Co-Dependent’s Guide: The Difference Between Worry and Concern

The word for worry or anxiety in the New Testament has two main meanings: worry/anxiety or concern. There is a fine line between the two. If you struggle with enmeshing your feelings with the feelings of others it can be hard to tell when your concern for others turns into unhealthy worry. Usually that worryContinue Reading

“Identify The Adaptive Challenge”

In Ronald Heifetz’s landmark book on leadership he emphasizes the need to recognize that our challenges are changing and that as leaders we have to be able to put our finger on the current challenge. I am going to speak very generally for a moment. If the challenge pre-COVID19 was keeping Sunday morning rolling alongContinue Reading

Is Fear Faithful?

Can you have faith and fear at the same time? Are they compatible on any level or are they mutually exclusive? If you turn to the Psalms you find over half of them are lament. They express sorrow. They express anger. They express fear and concern. They also express faith. It seems to me thatContinue Reading

Our Circumstances Have Changed But Our Purpose Remains The Same

The Coronavirus has certainly pushed the pause button on our regular routines. It is important that we take this very seriously and I want to say from the outset, this post isn’t an attempt to say this isn’t serious. Please take precautions and be wise. Changing circumstances bring changing challenges and obvious opportunities. For instance,Continue Reading

Our Discipleship Problem is Actually a Gospel Problem

What is the gospel? Why aren’t we making disciples? Those two questions are connected. If you make the Gospel any and everything you will also think discipleship entails any and everything. In Churches of Christ, I am afraid our gospel has been church-centered rather than Christ-centered. The good news becomes the church and doing churchContinue Reading

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