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Good and Bad Reasons to Change Churches

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to gather with a dozen or so Lansing area pastors to pray for the city and talk about common issues.  One thing we talked about was reasons people leave one church and go to another.  It was a fantastic conversation and it was interesting to note that we all knew people that made their way through several of our churches.  In ...

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Church and Church Buildings

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend a day in Detroit with the guys from Restore Church. One of the highlights of the day for me was a tour of old abandoned church buildings. For me it was a reminder of Jesus' words to Peter: "I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." - Matthew 16:18 To the uniformed eye, ...

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Leaving a Church

During the course of Riv’s current series on 1 Timothy, I am blogging about stuff I can't get to during the weekend services. I'm not sure I should be surprised, but the most hotly discussed portion of this past weekend's message was my quick comment that there good reasons to leave a church but most people do not have one.  The most awkward part was the ...

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“A Trustworthy Statement…” Part 2

During the course of Riv’s current series on 1 Timothy, I am going to take some time to blog about some interesting stuff I wasn’t able to get to during the weekend services. The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. -1 Timothy 3:1 This is the second of three times in 1 Timothy where Paul ...

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Compelled by Love

Just got done reading Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living by Ed Stetzer and Phillip Nation and I have to say it is one of the best books I have read in awhile.  That is saying a lot, since I read at least 6-8 books a month. Compelled by Love holds at its core the truth from 1 Cor 13:13: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these ...

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Church Planter

My friend Darrin Patrick has published a book that I am very excited about. It's called "Church Planter" and you can find it here. I haven't had a chance to read it, although I am hoping to while I'm flying later on this week. I'll post a review of it soon (although, unless he really tanks on it, I suspect it will be a good review). Check out this video that ...

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One of the…

One of my favorite phrases is "one of the..." Let me use it in a sentence for you: "I am one of the pastors at XYZ Church." Not sure if it's me, but I am hearing this phrase more and more lately and I smile each time. It seems that perhaps we are beginning to recapture the often neglected biblical principle of a team of pastors/elders leading the church ...

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Over or Under Doing the Church

This past weekend, we continued our series at Riv called "How to Kill a Church." The reason I am doing this series is I love the local church. The church is the Bride of Christ and each local church is a unique expression of her. Unfortunately, many people either over or under do the church. Overdoing the Local Church You may be overdoing the local ...

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