Resources this week include: a story of rediscovering faith through listening to Scripture and a new project to help you hear God's word, the faith and life of Billy Graham (an exceptional obituary), a sermon nobody wanted to end, an inside look into a new VBS curriculum, and the Rise of the Amphibians.
The theological linchpin of the church is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is utterly indispensable. It simply cannot be replaced. It is the front page on the newspaper of the Christian life. It isn’t mere advice, it is the most unique and valuable news in all the cosmos. It is all we have to offer a world in dire need of redemption. So to be “gospel-centered” in our doctrine is of immeasurable importance because our faith hinges on this specific message; distorting it can cause serious damage. So how can we know if our doctrine is gospel-centered? What is the shape of it?
Over a series of three posts, I plan to trace the theme of racial reconciliation through the scriptures. My prayer is that together we will find a theological frame that will help us both to speak (Acts 15:7-11) and, by God’s grace, also to live (Gal. 3:11-16) as ambassadors of reconciliation (Eph.2: 13-19). In the final post, I want to share some observations that raise, I believe, some compelling questions. The primary audience in these posts will be other white pastors, beginning with the ones I serve in Sojourn Network.
Resources this week include: an exciting new prospect for listening to Scripture, a visual liturgical mediation on Lent, pastors and their need for friends (too), how to plan child dedication services for your church, Nancy Pearcey and Jonathan Merritt go toe-to-toe, and a free (read Google) way to amaze your kids like a only a true wizard could.
Today, we're kicking off a new (!!!) category we're calling "Multi-". Read on to find out more about the work we look forward to sharing with you in the future and how we hope this new addition to the blog will help pastors plant, grow, and multiply healthy churches that last.
We're excited to introduce you to Lead Pastor Brian Sauvé and our newest church plant to join the SN family: Refuge Church in Ogden, Utah. This is the very first Sojourn Network church in the great state of Utah! Read their story, celebrate their wins, and please join us in praying for this church in 2018!
Ash Wednesday ushers us into a season of fasting and seeking the Lord (Lent) in light of our impending date with death. It initiates a six week journey of pursuing God that culminates in Holy Week, where we fix our attention on the passion of Jesus.It is here we finally celebrate (Easter), because through Jesus’ suffering we gain deliverance. By his death and through his resurrection, our sin has been paid for and our enemy, Death, has been defeated.
We love the next big thing. The next innovative thing. The next money making thing. The next fashionable thing. The next technological thing. The next entertaining thing. The next fitness thing. The next dietary thing. The next funny thing. These resources aren't merely here to entertain us, but to evoke in us a beautiful awe that leads us to worship, to love, and to serve. Enjoy!
We're excited to introduce you to Lead Pastor Nick Nye and our newest church plant to join the SN family: Apostles Union Square in New York City, NY. Read their story, celebrate their wins, and please join us in praying for this church in 2018!
One of the typical weaknesses of the local church that I have observed over the years is the ability to assess and evaluate people for a variety of leadership positions. That runs the spectrum from new hires to elder/deacon selections to church planters. How can I make such a rash and generalized statement? In my 42 years of supervising, managing, and leading people, I have made almost 1,850 hiring decisions…and fired 55 staff (to the best of my recollection) for a variety of reasons.
We are excited to introduce to you our newest church plant to join the SN family: New City Church in Fresno, CA. We invite you to read their story, celebrate their wins and pray for them in 2018!
The Kingdom of God, developing healthy Bible reading habits, Gen Z and a greater love than likes, church planting residencies, Super Bowl parties, and caring for the elderly. Whoa. This Roundup is crammed with goodies from all across the spectrum. Enjoy!