If You, O LORD, should mark iniquities, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, through Christ Jesus.
Homelessness is always a crisis. But merciful, compassionate, and loving Christians can’t only and always walk the other way.
We may share the gospel a thousand times, and never see a convert. It’s our job to be faithful. The rest is up to God.
What role should cross-cultural church planters play in a new church plant?
Events and programs aren’t bad. But when we depend on them to do all the work of discipling and relationship-building, we should expect them to eventually fail.
The theological root of so much burnout is a failure to believe in the sovereignty of God. We simply don’t trust God to do the work that only he can do.
We need to grow not only in doing good, but in being good. We need the spiritual fruit of goodness. How can we grow in this?
It’s not always a good thing for someone to have their “rough edges” knocked off. A man or woman can have character and rough edges, while still keeping their effectiveness for ministry.
The problem with evangelistic programs is that they often make you feel like you’ve done evangelism—when you actually haven’t.
It matters how you treat those who disagree with you on disputable matters. When you welcome them as Christ has welcomed you, you glorify God.
— Teach on it; sing accessible, excellent songs; accentuate voices, not music.
It’s our job to sow—and God’s to convert. Churches should be careful not to require of themselves what they cannot produce.
We often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts. Is that a fair assumption?
An enchantment with the city isn’t the same as a biblical love for the city, and it won’t sustain you in the long run.
As you patiently “preach and pray, love and stay,” you’ll find that your church has been planted on fertile soil that bears up good and lasting fruit.