The Neighborhood Church

The Neighborhood Church

The stories of some individuals can speak volumes. One such story is about my neighbor, Manny. Manny works twelve-hour days as a machinist and then drives around the city collecting scrap metal in an effort to make ends meet. His wife drinks too much, but behind the...

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The Neighborhood Church and Boundaries of Ministry

The Neighborhood Church and Boundaries of Ministry

Here’s the story of one young pastor and his family who have taken a most unique approach in defining the neighborhood boundaries of ministry, and in so doing, challenges us to ponder not only our definition of church, but to reconsider the parish model of old....

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What Is Kairos?

What Is Kairos?

The Greek language has two words for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos concerns the linear passage of time, like the time we experience in the twenty-four-hour day. We define our workweeks by the number of hours that we work. We have a list of things to do and only so...

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Four Hallmarks to Jesus’ Earthly Ministry

Four Hallmarks to Jesus’ Earthly Ministry

Jesus loved God, His Father, and His neighbors—the Greatest Commandment—perfectly. Have you ever considered this thought? If so, it changes how you and I read the Gospel accounts. A number of hallmarks to Jesus’ earthly ministry stand out. Four of these hallmarks I...

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“CEO Model” vs. “The Body of Christ”

“CEO Model” vs. “The Body of Christ”

Recently, I had a conversation with a dear friend of mine who has given his life’s blood to serving in the Church. He has a passion to see the Body of Christ unified and loves to bring pastors together. He is on different boards of Christian organizations that foster...

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Let’s Move Towards Being “Home-Centered”

Let’s Move Towards Being “Home-Centered”

Most people in churches today are so busy at the building with programs and/or meetings that the very thought of doing something in their homes or neighborhoods is out of the question. Just the thought of doing another thing exhausts most people in the Church today,...

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