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Zach Nielsen on Avoiding Mission Drift

"Jesus is clear that our job as Christians is to make disciples (Matt. 28:19-10). Any church that doesn't have this aspiration as a focal point of their mission simply disobeys Jesus. But mission drift happens even in organizations with clear goals and objectives."...

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God's Goodness in Your Pain

HT: Zach Nielsen...

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Assuming the Gospel

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to youunless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2) As Paul tells the Corinthian church what's up, he points them back to the gospel. He uses the word 8 times in the book, either in...

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My Favorites from the 2013 Desiring God National Conference

Here are my favorite messages from the 2013 Desiring God National Conference, in chronological order... Myth Wars: C.S. Lewis vs. Scientism Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles Undragoned: C.S. Lewis on the Gift of Salvation In Bright Shadow: C.S. Lewis on the Imagination for Theology and Discipleship Panel Discussion What God Made...

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Boldness & Courage

Drawing from Acts 4, David Platt and Francis Chan discuss specific prayer for boldness and courage in our disciple-making. ...

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Getting Past Our Doubts from Ray Ortlund

Many in our church and in our city are struggling with this or that, with unbelief in the promises of the gospel. Asaph struggled with the same thing, and shared how he worked through it in Psalm 73....

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Prayer as Communion - Paul Washer

Thanks to Aaron Tetzlaff for pointing me to this encouraging message from Paul Washer....

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Cultivating Meaningful Relationships in Small Groups

"Small groups. Growth groups. Mini-churches. Community groups. Cell groups. Accountability groups. Home groups. Missional communities. Mini-flocks. No matter what you call them, most churches of any size highlight the importance of meeting together in smaller communities within the local church. How do I cultivate meaningful relationships in my small group?"...

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Platt on Disciple Making

Missional Community leaders need to set the pace, showing that "money and possessions and sex and sports and success are not worthy of their worship." Jesus is, and we seek to see his worship increase. How can we stand by as our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. worship things other than Jesus which will only lead to death and destruction?...

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Neighborhood Engagement

In searching the City of Fargo's website for regulations on slow-moving vehicles (that's another story altogether), I found that there are 7 neighborhoods in town that have formed an assocation....

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