Praying with Your Children

In honor of Mother’s Day, this blog post reflects on the importance of not just praying for your children, but with your children as well. Parents who love the Lord openly create an infectious environment. Kids ‘catch’ the faith. Intentional teaching is essential, but it is the incidental inculcation of values that is even more…

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Engaging Millennials

Recapture the generation that checked out of church. 1.   Create opportunities for intergenerational mentoring. Intergenerational connections are vital to a healthy, apostolic church. “The old dream and the young see visions!” 2.   Be authentic, without dismissing the importance of credible Christian models. 3.   Be a compassionate community – expressing the love of Christ outside the…

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Church, No! Jesus, Maybe?

For the Millennials, the simplest solution to the tension is to disconnect from the church that they perceive to be inauthentic and irrelevant, and quietly hold on to faith, privately sorting out what they believe. To a great extent, we have sent them searching in the wrong place. It is not that beliefs, doctrine, denominational…

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The Pursuing Jesus

On the day of the resurrection, two unnamed disciples were on the road to Emmaus, walking away from Jerusalem. Some suggest that this was the brother of Joseph, Clopas, the uncle of Jesus, and his wife. What a poignant idea! They had been in the city during the ghastly hours of the crucifixion. They had…

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The Challenge with Millennials

The problem with holding and reaching Millennials is not all on the shoulders of the church. They may be the most self-contradictory generation to have existed. They are “extraordinarily relational and, at the same time, remarkably self-centered.” Kinnaman characterizes them as, “We want to change the world! Look at me! Let’s make a difference together!…

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Introducing…

Let me introduce you to the Millennial. Millennials are those who are born between 1984 and 2000. They are the largest generation in history, more than 78 million strong. Millennials disconnect from the church at the rate of 59 percent around the age of 15. Teens are one of the most religiously active groups in…

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Our Only Hope

Our only hope is a Great Awakening. An awakening is culture wide; a revival affects the church. Yet, an awakening does not happen without a revival in the church. At times, an awakening sparks revival, and then, a revival feeds an awakening. Awakenings tend to recalibrate godly values in the culture. They also produce, from…

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Are you on mission?

We are called to mission not merely into the world, but to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). It must touch all nations, panta ta ethne. Noting Revelation 5:9 and 7:9, it is a comprehensive mission to ethnic groups or tribes (phule), to tongues and language groups (glosses), to peoples and nations (laos, ethnos).1…

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