Gospel Understanding vs. Gospel Dialect

Dialect (def): a variety of a language that is distinguished from other varieties of the same language by features of phonology, grammar, and vocabulary, and by its use by a group of speakers who are set off from others geographically or socially. _________________________ "I don't think a lot of people in our church truly get the Gospel. I mean, I don't know many people in our congregation that talk rightly about the Gospel, that are fluent in the Gospel." I've heard this type of statement far more often than I would like. This type of statement is problematic for a host of reasons, but let's assume this person truly believes what they are saying and they mean well. It seems like this sort

12 Ways to Pray for a Church Replant

Church replants need prayer. Church replanters and their families need prayer. Lots and lots of prayer. Let me share twelve specific ways you and your church can pray for a church replant, its pastor and his family. Let me encourage you to write these down somewhere. Put this list in your Bible or near your bed stand. Somewhere it will be seen regularly. If you aren't aware of a specific replant you can be praying for, please go to this link where you will find a list of many replants throughout the country, all in need of your prayers. Click here: Replants I Can Pray For I thank you in advance for seeking the Lord in prayer on behalf of one of these congregations and those that lead them. M

How Does a Young Pastor Minister to Senior Adults?

To senior adults, I’m a young pastor—but I used to be much younger! I’m 44 years old, having been in ministry since I was 20 as a music and youth pastor; and I’ve served as a senior/lead pastor since I was 31. I’ve shared this before, but I’ve actually had people when I first started in senior pastoral ministry tell me they had a hard time staying at church because they felt a child was preaching to them. Now that I’m in my 40s, I don’t get that I’m the age of my members’ grandchildren anymore, but their children? Sure! I wonder when the tipping point will come? Probably when I start getting my AARP mail in a little over a decade (yikes!). How does a young pastor minister adequately to

By Name: The Small Church Advantage

I knew exactly who I was going to ask to read the scripture for that Sunday. She has a willing heart. She’s comfortable reading in front of others. And she comes from a Jewish family. All of these, and especially the last, are huge advantages when the scripture reading is the entire second chapter of the book of Ezra. It consists almost entirely of a list of Hebrew names. The entire chapter. We are doing a series on Ezra entitled “Come Back.” The Israelites are called to come back from exile in Babylon to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Ezra 2 is a list of the families who returned. In light of Christ—the cornerstone of the new temple (the people of God themselves)—the book of Ezra

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