Blog Category: Church Planting

Church building … relationships.

Before sunrise one chilly Saturday morning, our church gathered to improve the building. Please note the theology of that sentence: the church (people of God) gathered to work on the building (not the church). The same phenomenon occurs Sunday mornings: after the church gathers (in worship), it scatters (on mission). Molly & I have been [...]

Simply Scripture

In 14 years of marriage, Molly & I visited numerous churches — probably over 40 of them. While preparing for church planting again, we sought to learn from each how the Lord was at work. As we’d participate, we’d observe how the service was led (perhaps you do this too). Endeavoring to be constructively critical, [...]

What do you want God to do for you?

If you could change anything about your life in 2011, what would it be? Jesus is no genie, but if God gave you one wish, what would you ask for? My friend Brian is a pastor who also happens to be blind. We first crossed paths as students at Dallas Theological Seminary. As if grad school [...]

Jesus said people prefer old to new … why?

Did you get any used Christmas gifts this year? I’m talking pre-owned, hand-me-down, Goodwill-type stuff.  I doubt it. No one wants used socks for Christmas. But did you know Jesus taught that many people actually prefer old to new? Jesus was a devout Jew and recognized as a great Rabbi, but his ministry philosophy and personal [...]

Do we really need another church?

When giving presentations about our church plant (usually to church boards), I often begin by addressing the question, “Why are we planting a church in this city?” After all, it’s reasonable for people to wonder, “Aren’t there enough churches in Texas?” For those of you who don’t live in the south, Dallas is often called “the buckle [...]

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