The Church is a Zoo
Mar06

The Church is a Zoo

Building on my last post: Why do the people who thrive spiritually at your church thrive? This is the habitat question. There are three ways to find out. 1) Guess, 2) Educated guess, 3) Ask them. Three seems the most logical except that many people don’t know themselves why they are thriving. So, let me encourage you to follow the steps in order. Take your best guess. Look at the evidence. Then, verify by talking to people. Ask them:...

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Ricochet
Dec16

Ricochet

Ricochet is, “the motion of an object or a projectile in rebounding or deflecting one or more times from the surface over which it is passing or against which it hits a glancing blow.” We use it a lot in terms of firearms or, for instance, the bouncing of a racquetball off a wall during a match. However, let me suggest your life is creating a series of ricochets–good and bad. We are given the opportunity to cultivate lives of...

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4 Reasons Churches Should Celebrate Advent
Dec02

4 Reasons Churches Should Celebrate Advent

I wasn’t raised in a tradition that is known for its robust celebration of Advent. In fact, the entire season was viewed as, primarily, a pagan holiday—at least Christmas was seen that way. We weren’t anti-Christmas. Christmas was great—it just didn’t have a lot to do with Christianity, as we saw it. My mind has completely changed on that. In fact, Advent and Christmas (especially Christmas Eve) have come to be one of the most...

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Ending Cohabitation with Jesus
Oct16

Ending Cohabitation with Jesus

Though following Christ is a lifelong journey, it’s important that people make a decision, for Christ, for life. We instituted baptism Sundays at New Vintage Church roughly a year ago. About five times a year, we set aside a Sunday to baptize people and to focus on evangelism and re-commitment to Christ. This of course doesn’t mean people shouldn’t or can’t get baptized before or after. We encourage them to do it whenever...

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Love > Acceptance
Sep30

Love > Acceptance

Accepting everyone regardless of where they come from is a great way to welcome people to church and introduce them to faith. However, if we stop with acceptance, it’s also a way to make sure few lives change. I’ve never seen someone’s life change through “acceptance.” I’ve seen them attend church for long periods of time because of “acceptance.” But, I’ve never actually seen...

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