What I Learned from a Missiologist Part 2: Church Multiplication

Several weeks ago, I had a great discussion with Dr. John David Smith, executive director of BMA Missions. If you missed last week’s issue, I invite you to visit lifeinprogressministries.com to read part 1 of this article series where I highlight some of the main things I learned from Dr. Smith. We must realize that everything about a multiplication culture is counterintuitive to American culture. A consumer mentality permeates everything in America including church life. When people decided they want…

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This is Really Just a Facebook “Rant”

I’ve noticed a really strange trend in popular Christianity. Many people will say that people who hold to certain interpretations of things like Genesis, Revelation, free will/irresistable grace are crazy/nuts/dumb/heretics or at the very least incredibly dangerous to the faith. BUT THEN, I see these same people quote and laud and applaud popular teachers such as Keller, Piper, C.S. Lewis, or Ravi Zacharias and more about how great they are not knowing that these guys would hold to many of…

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What I Learned From a Misssiologist, Part 1

Several weeks ago, I met with BMA Missions Executive Director, John David Smith. We spoke for about an hour, and I wish everyone in the BMA could do the same. The man is truly a treasure. If you’ve been paying attention to “church culture” in 2013-2014, you’ll see the idea of church multiplication is being emphasized, and rightly so. However, it is no secret that many churches are struggling, shrinking, plateauing or feel that they are in the church-saturated areas.…

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What I learned at the Truth Revealed Conference

On Sept. 14 and 15, Central Baptist Church hosted the Truth Revealed Conference featuring nationally known speakers and authors Dr. Al Mohler, Dr. Robert Smith and Dr. Mac Brunson. Worship was led by the Central Baptist Church choir and orchestra. The theme for the sermons of this year all dealt with living out the Christian faith in a post-Christian culture. It would be impossible for me to provide an adequate summary of each session, but I would like to express…

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The Problem of “Free” (Sample) Salvation

Christians need to take care to explain Biblical concepts when talking to non-believers. While we might be comfortable with our “Christianese,” we have to remember that the vast majority of the population does not go to church. We need to be diligent students and patient witnesses so those who do not believe are not more confused about Christ after speaking with us than they were before. One area where I think there is a lot of confusion is the idea…

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No-bite Christianity

As John David Smith reported at the BMA of America National meeting, the United States is one of the only countries in the world where, overall, the church is in decline. There are plenty of theories available  as to why this is happening, but here is one more anyway. As a whole, I think American churches fit the cliché “all bark and no bite.” I actually think there are a great number of pastors who preach good doctrine. We have…

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Courage, So you don’t waste your vision

I will tell you something churches and church leaders need right now: courage. I am writing this article in the wake of attending the BMAA National Meeting in Little Rock. Throughout the meeting, the themes of church multiplication and discipleship were repeated and emphasized continually. Pastors were encouraged to consider church-planting and examples of that very thing were given as proof that even small congregations can multiply. “Amen” rang throughout the building at each missionary testimony and the charge that…

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Lies the Church Believes Part 3: My Christian Service Always Pleases God

At my local church, it is made clear that every member of the body is expected to serve the Lord in some way.  I agree with that 100%. So, what’s the problem? The problem occurs at the individual level when a person believes that their service is primary, and that God is always pleased when someone tries to serve Him. Pick almost any book in the Bible, and I’m sure I can show you an example where people were serving…

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Lies the Church has Adopted Part 1: Sex and Marriage are the Real Sources of Fulfillment

American culture is sex-obsessed, and so are a lot of churches. We just manifest this obsession in a different way. I am convinced that the vast, vast majority of American church-goers have unknowingly adopted the mainstream view that sexual gratification is necessary to live a fulfilled, happy life. We just add the caveat that you need to be married first. If we don’t want to talk so openly about sex being ultimate, we certainly don’t have any qualms about placing…

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Many Church Goers Do Not Worship God

For many months now, God has been stirring my heart, revealing Himself and asking me to truly worship Him — at church.  What a concept. The truth is, I’ve been a worshiper for years.  Being a worshiper simply means you recognize who God is.  You meditate on His attributes; His great holiness, faithfulness and love (to name my top three) and as you do, you begin to see yourself appropriately by comparison.  Worship is extremely humbling and extremely satisfying.  When…

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