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Church and the Internet: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore (Section 3)

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In the last couple of days I’ve been reflecting on the impact of the Internet on the church, especially with respect to the calling of a new pastor in a church. I want to finish up (for now) with some […]

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Church and the Internet: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore (Section 2)

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Yesterday I began telling the story of how the Internet impacted the recent calling of Rich Kannwischer as the next senior pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. Now, for the rest of the story. Last Sunday […]

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Church and the Internet: Weâ??re Not in Kansas Anymore

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Yesterdayâ??s post focused on the Christian Web Conference at Biola University (September 11-12, 2009). Todayâ??s post illustrates why I think Christian leaders need to attend this conference. Whether we like it or not, the Internet has changed (and will continue […]

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Recommendation: Christian Web Conference

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Today I want to recommend the Christian Web Conference to my blog readers. If you’re at all interested in the relationship between Christianity and the Internet, and especially if you are using the Web as a context for expressing your […]

Lauren and Calvin at Laity Lodge

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No, I’m not talking about designer labels. Not Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, but Lauren Winner and Calvin Miller. They were speaking at our most recent Laity Lodge retreat. If you know Lauren and Calvin, you might think they’re an […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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God Will Fulfill His Purpose for You READ Psalm 57:1-11  I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. Psalm 57:2 David composed Psalm 57 when he was surrounded by his enemies, who […]

Impressive Doings in Kansas City

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Earlier this week I participated in the National Worship Leader Conference in Leawood, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. This conference, sponsored by Worship Leader Magazine, gathered 1500-2000 people from throughout the country so that they might grow as […]

Intimate Fellowship with God and God’s People (cont)

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Part 7 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post, I showed how 1 John connects fellowship with God and fellowship with people in such a way that […]

Intimate Fellowship with God and God’s People

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Part 6 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I proposed that the Christian life is koinonia, which should be understood as intimate fellowship. This koinonia is […]

The Christian Life as Intimate Fellowship

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Part 5 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series, I asked: What is the life revealed by God? The answer of John in his […]

Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Ninth Commandment: Don’t Lie READ Exodus 20:1-17  “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16 The original Hebrew of the ninth commandment reflects a judicial setting. Specifically, this verse refers to lying in the context of a […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Toss Your Burden on the Lord! READ Psalm 55:1-23  Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22 Psalm 55:22 was one of the […]

What is the Life Revealed by God?

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Part 4 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In the opening verses of 1 John, we discover some essential characteristics of the life revealed by God. First, it was “from […]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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I went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince today with my family. As most of you know, this is the sixth of the Harry Potter films. And as you might have heard, it is surely one of the […]

The Life Has Been Revealed

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Part 3 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I introduced the New Testament letter we know as 1 John. Written by a pastor for his hurting […]

Life for a Divided Community

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Part 2 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began a new blog series I’m calling What is the Christian Life? If you missed yesterday’s post, you might check […]

What is the Christian Life? An Introduction

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Part 1 of series: What is the Christian Life? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Today I’m beginning a multi-part series on the Christian life. I want to try and answer a simple question: What is the […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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God’s Perspective on Human Goodness READ Psalm 53:1-6  God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become […]

What Would You Expect from “The Worst BAR-B-Q in Texas”?

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So if you go to a restaurant that prides itself as having “the worst BAR-B-Q in Texas,” you really shouldn’t be too surprised to see unusual signs in the eating area, like the one below. Hmmm. Gives you a lot […]

P.S. Isn’t This Missional and Formational Stuff Just a Bunch of Lingo?

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Part 12 of series: Missional and Formational? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In this series on missional and formational I have been using some Christian lingo. It’s insider talk. If you went out “Jaywalking,” as Jay […]

Missional and Formational: Interim Summary

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Part 11 of series: Missional and Formational? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far, I’ve looked at the biblical connections between the missional and formational dimensions of the Christian life. After some initial definitions, I’ve examined […]

Missional and Formational in John 17 and 20

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Part 10 of series: Missional and Formational? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last two posts, I showed how missional and formational aspects of discipleship are intertwined in John 15. When we remain in the […]

Missional and Formational in John 15, Part 2

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Part 9 of series: Missional and Formational? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began to offer some thoughts on the intersection of missional and formational in John 15. Here, Jesus says that he is the […]

Missional and Formational in John 15, Part 1

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Part 8 of series: Missional and Formational? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Today, I want to examine a text in the Gospel of John that is profoundly missional and formational. It shows that you can’t have […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Sacrifice God Desires READ Psalm 51:1-19 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and […]

The Brits Have Another Declaration of Independence!

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A recent news story revealed a surprising discovery. The British have another original copy of the Declaration of Independence. This copy, one of only 200 that were initially printed, brings to 26 the number of copies in the world today. […]

Discipleship as Formational and Missional

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Part 7 of series: Missional and Formational? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I showed that formational and missional realities were both present in Jesus’ own ministry, as he took time away from […]

Prayer and Mission in the Ministry of Jesus

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Part 6 of series: Missional and Formational? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series If you read through the Gospels looking for connections between formational and missional, you’ll discover plenty of them. In today’s post I’ll cite and […]

The Formation of Jesus for Mission

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Part 5 of series: Missional and Formational? Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Today I’m returning to the series I began last week: Missional and Formational? So far I’ve looked briefly at some connections between missional and […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with ...

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