Community in Cultural Crisis

Can we all just get along? Rodney King asked that question many years ago, and we still struggle with figuring this out in our messy world. In a culture that is confused on defining marriage and preoccupied with threats of terrorism, racial unrest, and threats of anarchy, what is a Christian to do? Culture was messy in Jesus’ day too, but we don’t find him standing on a street corner condemning…

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Hot Topic of the day…

Everyone is talking about the hot topic of the day, the Supreme Court’s ruling making gay marriage legal across the land.  Kevin DeYoung, author of “What does the Bible Really Say about Homosexuality,” wrote a great blog that expresses what every Bible believing Christian should keep in mind when engaging others on this volatile topic. Whether we want to talk about it or not, this is a topic that every…

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Success by Successor

Every organization rises or falls, based on the effectiveness, competence and character of the leaders. Leaders aren’t born, they are groomed, prepared, coached and developed by great leaders who understand that “success without a successor is failure.” Great organizations are intentional about raising up the next generation of leaders, like stacking cords of wood for the winter months. When a leader in the organization retires, or leaves for another job,…

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Responding to Life’s Challenges

Tweet I have two dear friends who are suffering from Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Both of these men model a life of faith, trusting God, and seeking to honor Him with the assignment they have received. In the article below by TJ Addington, he specifically refers to our joint friend Phil Arendt. Buckle up your theological suspenders and consider what TJ has to say to the challenges you face…

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Non-denominational churches on the rise. 

Robin and I begin a new ministry with a non-denominational church this coming July 1st. I cannot begin to express how excited I am to serve in an environment and culture that is committed to helping everyone find and follow Jesus. There is no perfect church, but there are healthy ministry environments that make it easier to carry out the mission of Jesus and Real Life Church, Valencia is one…

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Fronteer Theology

I love this article by Wes Seeliger!  I want to maintain the pioneer spirit that burns within me and this article captures the essence of what is burning on my heart for God’s church today.  Stan There are two views of life and two kinds of people. Some see life as a possession to be carefully guarded. They are SETTLERS. Others see life as a fantastic, wild, explosive gift. They are…

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21 Surprising Statistics Revealing Our Consumerism

As Robin and I pack up our stuff and get ready to move (we close escrow in 16 days), we are committed to purging and scaling down and decluttering so that we aren’t simply moving stuff to another location. This is our big opportunity to go through everything and simplify and become essentialists and it is more difficult than it sounds. Hoarding is pandemic in our society and we are…

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Refreshing Conversations

This week I enjoyed a round of golf with a new friend. I played horribly, but the conversation was outstanding, because we talked about what we believe and why. We had a joint inquiry about the truth. I loved engaging in this conversation, because my new friend is like everyone on this planet, sharing the same mailbox of challenges in life, unfair circumstances and questions about “where is God?” in…

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Next Generation Ministry

What if the next Billy or Ruth Graham, Dwight L. Moody or Jonathan Edwards, Chuck Swindoll, Mother Teresa or even a Francis Chan just happened to be a young person in your neighborhood, your class, your ministry, or your church? What would ensure that this future world-changer would be set up for spiritual success? What kind of spiritual foundation would be most helpful for a lifelong, world impacting ministry? What…

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What Pastors Hate to Hear

One Sentence that Pastors and Church Staff Hate to Hear: The following is an insightful article by Tom Rainer that speaks to one of the most challenging elements of maintaining unity in the church today, regarding those who “don’t play nice,” and are unwilling to seek reconciliation and unity as the Word of God teaches. (http://thomrainer.com/2014/12/17/one-sentence-pastors-church-staff-hate-hear/) One Sentence That Pastors and Church Staff Hate to Hear The moment they hear…

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Are You Streaming Today?

When “streaming” a movie over the Internet, the better the connection, the better the movie watching experience. Most today realize that Broadband (high speed) Internet connections provide users with much more enjoyable Internet movie experiences than the previous slower DSL, over the telephone line connections (Wikipedia[1]). Streaming a movie means that the viewer can start watching the movie instantly and as the viewer is watching the movie, the rest of…

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An Opportunity for Essentialist Living

Our house sold in four days and we are now sorting through all of our possessions, to declutter,  purge and minimize in preparation for our soon coming relocation. I’m currently and furiously scanning all my hard copy files, taking multiple trips to Goodwill and the dump and making many snap judgments on stuff, but boy is it easy to stop and reminisce. Now that Robin and I are empty nesters,…

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The Harvest is Still Plentiful…

The Harvest is Still Plentiful and Workers Few Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Jesus’ heart was and still is…

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10 Spiritual Parenting Values

1 Corinthians 4:15  “Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many FATHERS, for in Christ Jesus I became your FATHER through the gospel.” “Spiritual Fathers” are in greater demand today than ever.  Baby Christians desperately need someone to parent them in the things of God.  It takes the selfless attitude of a parent to provide quality care that each babe in Christ deserves.  An…

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The Drift

“Pastors fail, not because they cannot preach, they fail because they cannot lead.” Pastor William E. Yaeger Not every church expects the pastor to lead. Some see the pastor as hired help, an employee brought in to do a job at the direction and vision of the Board. Other churches expect pastors to “marry ‘em, bury ‘em, and visit ‘em in the hospital.” Some expect the pastor to be the…

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