Sometimes It’s Right in Front of Us – Lifestream – Christian Article

I received an email last week from a friend in Israel. He mentioned how much he and his wife were learning to relax in Father’s love and care, but then added a hunger that had gone unfulfilled in their hearts: During this time, the Lord taught us a lot and fed us with his love. We still have not found a group that we could call our home. We continue to pray for it. I have never felt such an…

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Poverty, Newbigin, Greek, and Hebrew—Highlights from the Monthly Sale – Christian Article

New month, new deals—save up to 35% in July.  From books on Christian living to original language research, here are some highlights from July’s  monthly sale. Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions From the acclaimed New Studies in Biblical Theology series (NSBT), Neither Poverty nor Riches dives deep into the Bible’s teaching on possessions.  On a subject as sensitive as this one, it is extraordinarily rare to find balance and prophetic voice rolled up in one. In…

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the friendliest place on earth? – Christian Article

Church – the friendliest place on earth? Published on April 25, 2019 On a scale of 1-10, how friendly is your church? Here’s one way to think about it – if your next-door neighbour attended your church for the first time, how confident would you be that they would receive a warm welcome? And if they went on their own, without you there to introduce them to the people you know, how would that affect your ranking? Visitors to church…

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Now That We’re All Here, You Can Home

Driving to church yesterday, I listened to a radio broadcast from a church located about two hours from where I live. After the sermon ended, the pastor announced that as the month of June was approaching “our programs are winding down for the summer.” Two years ago I combined a number for older posts into a single article, Church Continuity, Summer Shutdowns and Lake House Mentality. (Or you could say, ‘Cabin Mentality,’ or as we say here, ‘Cottage Mentality.’)  I’ll…

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the friendliest place on earth? – Christian Article

Church – the friendliest place on earth? Published on April 25, 2019 On a scale of 1-10, how friendly is your church? Here’s one way to think about it – if your next-door neighbour attended your church for the first time, how confident would you be that they would receive a warm welcome? And if they went on their own, without you there to introduce them to the people you know, how would that affect your ranking? Visitors to church…

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The “We’re Late for Church” App Lets You Delay the Start of the Service

The “We’re Late for Church” App Lets You Delay the Start of the Service I was staring at the clock on my vehicle’s dashboard and mentally mapping out if I could make it to church comfortably (and self-righteously) on time for the 9:00 AM service. I had four minutes, no valid weather excuse this week, and then two normally red traffic lights decided to cooperate. I was thinking that it’s too bad there isn’t an app that contacts the church and…

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Let’s Stop Living by Our Labels – Lifestream – Christian Article

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Eureka, and someone read this portion of my book, Beyond Sundays, to me. They wanted to make some comments from it and ask me some questions. As they read it, I was reminded of how much I like this passage and how much it fits my heart. Any title you wear be it pastor, best-selling author, or Done will do more to separate you from others than it will help you recognize the incredible family…

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Placing the Interests of the Other Person Above Your Own

This weekend wraps up the ninth year of Thinking Out Loud’s sister blog, Christianity 201. Monday marks the beginning of year ten. My goal with C201, God willing, is to do what I did here: Ten years of daily content without missing a day, Today I wanted to bring readers here a taste of what happens there. These articles (today and tomorrow) are being cross-posted with what’s running there. I Cor 12:25 (NIV) so that there should be no division…

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She is Everywhere and She Is Glorious! – Lifestream – Christian Article

While on vacation in the Sierras a couple of weeks ago we connected with old friends we used to camp with in that area. The wife shared with us some pictures (one of which you can see above, and another further below) that she had taken on a trail we used to hike together. In fact, it was this trail over Potter’s Pass east of Huntington Lake that inspired the theme illustration I use in Finding Church.  What if the…

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While Some Churches are Run Like Corporations, Many are Completely Inefficient

While Some Churches are Run Like Corporations, Many are Completely Inefficient It’s Saturday and right now I’m working to help a church that is trying to “burn off” parts of their budget before year-end. It’s not a business (working) day, and Monday (New Year’s Eve) is only a half-day. They’ve left everything to the last minute. The very, very last minute. Part of this is because, when it comes to purchasing, many local churches don’t have a purchasing department. They have…

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Wednesday Connect | Thinking Out Loud

So here’s a question for you: Why do the authors so intent on helping me solve my financial problems only publish their books in hardcover? Just a reminder that this blog uses cookies to keep the writer awake after 11:00 PM. Here’s your week’s worth of items culled from a variety of sources. ♦ An old format meets today’s technology in a Bible commentary in pictures: “The Visual Commentary on Scripture (VCS) [is] a freely accessible online publication that provides…

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Melding the Church Categories | Thinking Out Loud

Last year the academic books division of InterVarsity Press (IVP) released a title which intrigued me.  Gordon T. Smith is the President of Ambrose University in Calgary. Evangelical, Sacramental, Pentecostal: Why the Church Should Be All Three struck me as an ecclesiastic and doctrinal equivalent to what the late Robert Webber was trying to move us toward; the idea of blended worship. The idea is to move from a polarized, either/or approach to incorporating the best from different traditions. At…

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