A small dose of humility to couple with our bold faith. Be confident in God. Be humble in understanding. *This cartoon was shared by a local professor on his Facebook page.

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PROOF that effective communication and creativity don’t require huge budgets – just great ideas. Don’t think these are great? Ask yourself this: How many sermon illustrations do you remember? How many do you remember from 5 or 10 years ago? How many do you know from a church you’ve probably never visited or maybe even […]

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Today is World Poverty Day. Surely you’ve heard by now statistics like “Over 1.25 BILLION people in the world live on less than $1 a day.” Yes… that’s Billion, with a “B.” I wanted to challenge myself and friends to get through the day on only $1 per day… to try and identify with brothers […]

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I haven’t blogged in quite a while… I’ll be turning this site into a portfolio and future blog posts will be on my new tumblr (you can comment on this post here, since I can’t get my wordpress comments working… 2 Tweets this morning finally pushed me over the edge in something I’ve been rolling […]

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10 minutes… another Chan video… but I was floored by the humility and urgency in reflecting on hell and God’s Word. (Check out Are We The Eternal Exception? for thoughts on “objections” to hell or Jesus, Twitter, and The Way and Do We Appeal to the Flesh in Faith? for more videos from Chan.) “I’m […]

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Open publication – Free publishing – More ben stroup At the turn of the year, I was able to help develop a website for LAUNCH, a new church-planting and leadership development network. Check out my earlier post here. Tony Morgan is part of the leadership team for LAUNCH and Pastor of Ministries at West Ridge […]

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There are so many great free resources up for grabs right now that I thought I’d share a few… The Healer from Matt Jackson on Vimeo. First, this is seriously good (and gets better with each track – the last two being flat-out incredible). Birmingham’s own Matt Jackson is giving away downloads of his new […]

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Francis Chan takes a break during his video shoot with BluefishTV to share his reflections on the intense faith and sacrificial life of Believers. Take a minute to consider God’s call on His Church around the world and in America. Is there any difference in what is expected of people in the West and in […]

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This is worth spending our lives on. This goal. This God. David’s second book is about to release: Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God For anyone who has misunderstood or worried that others might misunderstand where David / Radical is “coming from,” (you can read my own confession and […]

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Over Christmas break, I had the honor of being a very small part of a bigger movement of church planting – something I’m deeply passionate about. If you know me, you know that for a couple of years we prayed earnestly about if and where God may be leading our family and some close friends […]

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It hit me this morning. I was reminded that the so-called “problem” we as humans have with the idea of hell is not as issue with the following objections: A. It is not because we have a problem with believing that eternal justice should exist and that evil and injustice need eternally rectified. We believe […]

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I came across this site today built by my friends at DC for The Upstream Collective. Very simple idea: Create a website (that looks awesome) where people can share brief stories as missionaries and/or people living on mission to spread the gospel. Once enough stories have been collected, produce an eBook… The Mission Book. A […]

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That’s your foreign language lesson for the day. How many Finnish words do you know? Probably one. Now. I can’t remember the last time I was so floored artistically and uplifted spiritually as when I was introduced to the music of Josh Garrels. Truly unique, but the best I could put it is think: the […]

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So apparently he wasn’t playing devil’s advocate as I hoped in my last post. An MSNBC interview speaks for itself. Bell vs. Bashir in a one-sided battle for eternity and coherency.

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This week’s controversy over Rob Bell’s latest “teaching” has caused a virtual firestorm. No, not a new nooma video. A promo video for his forthcoming book: Love Wins. Before jumping on the heresy bandwagon without having even read the book (though let’s be honest, he does seem to be pretty clear about where he is […]

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The purpose of our lives is to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Period. When this is the purpose of our lives, WE CAN NOT BE STOPPED. Because this is God’s purpose and God can’t be stopped.

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So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? … Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists. MLK

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As I’m wrapping up our new small group & retreat curriculum for Student Life/NavPress, I’ve been reflecting on my own spiritual journey. The Way of Christ doesn’t leave any room for straddling the fence. There is no middle ground. If I’m honest, I sometimes treat following Christ a lot like I would treat following someone […]

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“You try to let the players play the game themselves instead of you being responsible.” – Bobby Cox

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Are we using language that is meaningless to our audience? This is the key – NOTHING IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE. Not in discipleship.

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