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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Heart Engagement

A radical change that is critical in the new apostolic epoch is repositioning the altar. In a liturgical church, the altar-table is central. However, unlike Evangelical-Pentecostal churches, it does not share the floor with the people. It is exalted and removed, railed and inaccessible. What is needed in Evangelical-Pentecostal churches is a view of the…

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Agents of Reconciliation

You cannot understand the cleansing of the temple by Jesus without exploring the Old Testament roots of the passage. Jesus was quoting Isa. 56:7, “My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations.” The passage is chiastic in structure. That is, verse 7, the reference to the missional house of prayer, is the…

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We’ve Come to An Intersection

Some intersections provide multiple options. Others bring you to a stop and force you to make a choice. You have to choose. You have to decide which route you will take. An apostolic epoch, like the Reformation and other significant seismic moments in church history, force a choice. This is not change inside the current…

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