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Two Statements You Won’t Find in the New Testament

I have deep roots in the American Restoration Movement. We talk a lot about restoring the NT church. But, there’s one thing we all need to recapture. The earliest Christians lived with a sense of mission. They also had an intense urgency when it came to accomplishing their mission of making disciples of all nations. Of all the things we… Read more →

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The One Thing Every Follower of Jesus Needs to Do

In most churches or ministries there’s no shortage of things to do. In fact, you could probably be busy every night of the week doing something. But, there’s only one thing Jesus commissioned his followers to do. It’s one of Jesus’ last recorded statements. Many of you will know it well. We refer to it as the great commission… “All… Read more →

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Top 5 Posts of 2015

Since it’s the final few days of 2015, I wanted to share my top posts from the year. Here they are… 1. 3 Reasons Why the University is One of the Most Receptive Mission Fields in the World 2. One Thing I Hate About Being a Minister 3. How to Pray…& Not Fall Asleep Like Peter, James, & John 4.… Read more →

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Why is Campus Ministry So Weak in the Churches of Christ? 6 Reasons

With thousands of universities in the U.S., campus ministry is incredibly weak in the Churches of Christ. We have around 125 campus ministries. But, I don’t feel completely qualified to explain why. So, I asked seasoned veterans Milton Jones, Scott Lambert, and Chris Buxton to help me. A Word About Churches Many of the most successful ministries outside of our fellowship… Read more →

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You Don’t Have to be the Apostle Paul to Do This

Eden’s school participated in Operation Christmas Child this year. She seemed to love the entire process until we were on our way to school the day she was supposed to drop the box off. She had some last minute doubts. Eden was excited about this for weeks. She picked out everything at the store and included some of her old… Read more →

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3 Reasons Why Many Young Adults Don’t Want to be Christians

Working on a college campus is great! There’s rarely a dull moment. There are so many people from diverse backgrounds that you never know what kinds of conversations you might have. I experienced this first hand a few weeks ago. A journalism student randomly dropped by our campus house and wanted to interview me for a paper he was writing.… Read more →

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How to Restore the New Testament Church — 4 Steps from a Presbyterian

As a lifelong participant in the Restoration Movement, I was intrigued recently when I heard Tim Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian Church) talk about restoring the New Testament Church. I was listening to a series he preached in 1990 called “Blueprint for Revival.” The restoration language along with the blueprint/pattern language (Goebel Music, anyone?!) grabbed my attention. The message was about “the internal spiritual… Read more →

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The One Thing We All Need in Order to Learn to Follow Jesus

I’ve written before that church will be perpetually frustrating unless you make the shift from thinking selfishly to thinking selflessly. Every growing disciple will eventually make the shift from being selfish to selfless. I have to admit, it’s not very helpful to just identify the problem. It’s only fair to offer some help for arriving at a better future. If… Read more →

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What Everyone Ought to Know About History & Movements of God

I love older people. I have fond memories of playing cards with my grandmothers and great aunts growing up. One of my most prized possessions is a Bible that belonged to my Memaw. I even worked at a nursing home during college! I’ve enjoyed the wisdom and guidance of those who are older than me. I like being with people… Read more →