Are You Building a Missional Movement or a Fan Club?

by Ben Sternke on January 19, 2015

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It’s sometimes hard to see the line between true Jesus-shaped missional movements and mere celebrity fan clubs. Ironically, in our zeal to see God do great things, it’s easy for us as leaders to resort to tactics that actually mitigate against the kingdom of God.

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Building a Community of Grace and Truth

by Ben Sternke on January 12, 2015

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So we’ve seen that Jesus was full of grace and truth, and we’ve seen what a community of grace and truth looks like, but how do we actually begin to build a culture of grace and truth?

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Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing?

January 8, 2015
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“Apart from me you can do nothing.” Why does Jesus say this to his disciples? It sounds disempowering, but in reality it’s the most empowering thing.

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What Does a Community Full of Grace and Truth Look Like?

January 5, 2015
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Jesus was full of grace and truth. What does it look like when a community seeks to follow in his footsteps and become filled with grace and truth?

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The Dark Side of Christmas

December 28, 2014
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Amid the angel songs and manger scenes, a disturbing prophecy is spoken over the boy Jesus at his temple consecration. This is the dark side of Christmas.

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How Christmas Sermons Sounded in the 4th Century

December 24, 2014
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It’s no secret that our society values novelty over tradition. But while some traditions need to die, others contain priceless, hard-won wisdom.

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Don’t Pray To Little Baby Jesus at Christmastime

December 21, 2014
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Don’t let the popular portrayals of little baby Jesus rob you of a chance to welcome how God actually wants to come to you this Christmas.

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If It Isn’t Full of Grace AND Truth, It Isn’t Jesus

December 18, 2014
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Jesus is full of grace AND truth, but we are constantly tempted to try to get one without the other. In doing so, we end up with neither grace or truth.

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What To Do When Bad Things Happen

November 24, 2014
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Bad things happen to good people, and bad people. How can we respond to bad things in a way that opens the door to healing and redemption?

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The Gift of Disillusionment

November 17, 2014
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Disillusionment isn’t fun. But it is a gift from God, who is removing our illusions so we can walk in the truth.

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