This past week I had the privilege of taking part in a weekend conference for the Chinese Evangelical Free Church of Los Angeles. Like many Chinese churches, this church consists of three congregations: English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Though the whole conference was great, perhaps the most impactful moment came on...
It’s clear that our churches are meant to worship (Rom. 12:1). But when we gather to worship in song, what should that music sound like? That can be a tricky question to answer. When we look in the Old Testament, we are told to praise God with the trumpet, harp,...
I came across an interesting bit of church history today. John Calvin insisted that the churches in Geneva remain locked outside of regularly scheduled worship times. In part, this was meant to discourage “superstitious” activity. The reformers were understandably sensitive to religious objects being used idolatrously (think relics), and...
One year ago, internationally acclaimed artist Makoto Fujimura published a small booklet entitled On Becoming Generative: An Introduction to Culture Care. This booklet, and Fujimura’s concept of “Culture Care,” have resonated with many. This month Makoto Fujimura released the full length expansion of his Culture Care concept, Culture Care:...
Many of our towns are overflowing with churches. If you’ve ever tried to find a new church, you know how many options are typically available. You can choose based on denomination: Baptist, Presbyterian, Evangelical Free, Assembly of God, Foursquare, Brethren, Methodist…you name it. And many of these broad categories actually...
It is always a struggle to make communion meaningful. I have taken communion my whole life. When I was a kid growing up in a Baptist church, communion Sunday simply meant that the service would go extra long. As a pastor, I always grappled with the texts and rituals...
What is the relationship between the gospel and social action? Or how do evangelism and feeding the poor relate? Does the gospel necessitate social justice? Does social justice necessitate the gospel for it to be valuable? These are just some of the questions that the church is wrestling with—and arguing...
Jesus is the light of the world. John tells us all about that in his gospel. But the most striking picture of this actually comes on the last pages of our Bibles. Revelation 21-22 give us a picture of the world set to rights, of the world as it was...
When Jesus declared the world-altering statement, ‘Go and make disciples of all nations,’ He arguably had in mind many different things, including planting new churches in all cultures. New churches, even when established in areas where the church already exists, have a unique ability to reach new groups of...
How do you reach an impoverished neighborhood with the gospel? A typical approach is to send in money occasionally. But poverty is actually far more complex than most people imagine. It takes on a variety of forms, and it stems from impossibly deep-seated assumptions, systems, and processes. It’s actually a...
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