We have become the noise

When we look at our church congregations and see that they are graying, it is not because our music needs tweaking, our sermons need to be shorter, our kids ministries need to be better and our leaders need to be younger. Our methods are not our primary problem. Our problem is that, in our search…

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While looking for Him

Too many precious thoughts have been wasted on “project self”. Most disappointing is that waste found within the Christian community. We spiritualise it by using phrases like “finding my calling” or “pursuing my destiny”. Those are, I’m afraid, mostly masks on the same ugly face that plagues the heart of all mankind: self-centerdness. Our calling is…

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He has asked as from a king

When Alexander’s soldier was told to ask what he would, he did not ask stintedly after the nature of his own merits, but he made such a heavy demand, that the royal treasurer refused to pay it, and put the case to Alexander, and Alexander in right kingly sort replied: “He knows how great Alexander…

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Thinking Ourselves in Circles

So much of the intellectual/scholarly world consists of the repetitive recasting of old ideas into “new” forms. We will melt the old thing down into 10,000 words and then shape it back into the same thing it was before, only with a slight reinterpretation of a piece or a subtle change in nuance. Then we…

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Should we plant a church there?

Listen to “Should we plant a church there?” on Spreaker. What brings Christians together in the initial phase of church planting? For the sake of argument, let’s remove whatever feelings of “being called to this place” they might have. Using that phrase is often a kind of spiritual “trump card” and renders further conversation pointless…

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The “we” that empowers

There is a “we” that is empowering. People come together to achieve something bigger together. It’s never perfect, sometimes personal agendas win out over achieving the big picture. But the group dares to believe in something bigger than any one of them and they dare to set out to achieve that together. The “we” that…

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To Help them See the Stars

Peter Hitchens, a Christian and brother to the late anti-theist Christopher Hitchens, captured the soul of our situation in Europe with inspiring clarity. In an interview found in issue 64 of RELEVANT Magazine, Hitchins said this: “This is a period of great material wealth and the worships of economic growth and the century of the…

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VIDEO: Renovations at the latest project

For the second time in the last 6 weeks I’ve had to fly back to the Netherlands for a short trip. The first time was to take a videographer through our work there. This time it’s to lead a team of 20 Americans from Brightmore Church in Detroit, Michigan. In the last 6 days they…

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Chris goes on camera for AGWM

Assemblies of God World Missions is sending a videographer to the Netherlands to capture the work of the gospel there. We have been chosen to be one of the two missionaries that they are highlighting – a huge honor! That means that I (Chris) will catch a plane this Sunday afternoon (September 6) for a quick trip…

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