Staff Blog

A Missional Church

Elton Trueblood wrote, “The renewal of the church will be in progress when it is seen as a fellowship of consciously inadequate persons who gather because they are weak, and scatter to serve because their unity with one another and with Christ has made them bold.” (The Incendiary Fellowship, p. 31)

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YOU ARE INVITED

Hal Brady tells of a young couple from the hills of Arkansas who became involved in a church where there was a lot of shouting and clapping and running for Jesus. They were trying to convince Grandma that she should attend.

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TRACING OUR LETTERS

This is the week for PopCamp at my house. My granddad name is Pop, and my 3 ½ year-old grandson is Liam. He is with us – without his parents or his sister – for a special week of camp. The city boy who lives in Winston-Salem, NC is going to experience various things in the country in Oconee County that he is not able to do in the city. So we will feed cows, ride a tractor, and other fun things that Pop can come up with during the week. We are off to a great start.

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The Pillars of the Church

Laurie Beth Jones has written an interesting book called Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership. She looks at how Jesus was a leader, and then encourages leaders to follow these same principles in their own leadership practices today. The chapters are short and the insights are simple. In fact, I include a chapter here called “He Stuck to His Mission.”

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WAIT FOR THE LORD

How do you do with waiting? In our world of instant gratification, instant food, and instant messaging, the idea of waiting is harder and harder for us to do. Waiting in line . . . waiting on hold on the phone . . . waiting for the right job . . . waiting for the right relationship . . . How do you do with waiting?

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I WILL DO MORE THAN . . .

I like the following words that came from a teacher of preachers named Haddon Robinson.
I will do more than belong—I will participate.
I will do more than care—I will help.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY

We are called to be citizens of two different realms. As Americans, we are citizens of the United States of America; as Christians, we are citizens of the Kingdom of God. How do we live in both of these realms? How can we be good citizens in both areas of our lives? Does the Bible teach us anything on this question?

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GOD IS OUR STRENGTH

My heart is broken by the events in Orlando this past Sunday morning. In the largest mass-shooting in our nation’s history, a gunman terrorized and victimized a large crowd in a gay nightclub. The shock waves are felt all around our country and across the world. In the aftermath of that tragedy so many words have been uttered.

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HOPE FOR A NEW DAY

Last Sunday in my sermon I quoted two memorable phrases from great preachers. One line told of our human condition; the other was about the hope that comes from God. These words were simple and easy to remember. I trust that you have carried them with you this week as you have faced challenges at work, grief in the death of a friend, opportunities in the church and community, and joy with friends and family. Do you remember the quotes?

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USE BOTH HANDS

I love what Billy Graham said about stewardship. “God has given us two hands – one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.” Let’s think about that for a moment as we explore the theme of generosity.

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