The Word Christian Means More Than We Think

Good church leaders long for the participation of their congregation. Yesterday on the Intersect blog at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a good friend of mine posted an article that gets right to the heart of this dilemma. Greg Mathias is the associate director of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern, and he writes…

Reflections before SBC17: We are, in fact, better together

This morning, I find myself staring out a window watching the sun rise over the desert valley of Phoenix. The Southern Baptist annual meeting is upon us, and I have joined my family of churches for a few days of fellowship, important decisions, and thankfulness to God for his grace. Every year, the SBC meetings…

What is more diverse than diversity?

Density and diversity. Those are the things that make a place a city, at least according to most contemporary definitions. Lots of people word it different ways; some say a city is a place, some say it is a collection of systems, and others say it is a group of people. Regardless, most definitions come…

How Not to Use Your Spiritual Gifts

Recently I wrote about spiritual gifts and using your gifts to serve the church. Today, I want to discuss a couple of issues with the whole spiritual gifts conversation. Obviously, I do not mean that spiritual gifts are a problem, but if we are not careful we abuse the idea. Let me give you an…

Foggy Words that can Sidetrack the Mission

In order for us to engage people in outreach we need to do life with them and be intentional about loving on them. You may have actually heard that statement come off some pastor's lips in a sermon. But think about it, what does it actually mean? You filled in all kinds of meaning behind…

In the News: Maine Seeking Immigrants to Fill Labor Shortages

Today's "In the News" post is an interesting one. I regularly point to recent news articles dealing with immigration in North America, especially as it pertains to cities. In the past, I have showcased articles concerning major US cities with pro-immigration policies. Many cities are actually trying to attract immigration because, contrary to prevailing rhetoric,…

Church Community Has an Outward Focus Too

The following is a guest post by Marie McDonald. Marie has written here before and does excellent work in her local church leading others to discover and engage people groups. Think for a moment about Christian community. Typically, the term conjures up ideas of potluck dinners, rallying around a struggling small group member, or other…

How to Survive the Church as an Introvert

Periodically, I post articles written by others. The following is a guest post that may serve as a good dose of medicine if you find the church to be a little overwhelming at times. Enjoy! By: Meredith Cook If you register “I” on the spectrum of “HANG OUT WITH ALL THE PEOPLE” to “give me solitude…