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I voted…

I voted…

I voted… and I think you probably should too.

But I think long lasting cultural revolution only happens if we together work at raising kids with character, ethics and morals. We transform the next generation of leaders and change, by being a current generation of kindness and integrity. And I’m convinced that following the way of Jesus is the best way to start.

a church that looks like the world to come

a church that looks like the world to come

Some folks wonder what church leaders spend their time talking about: If you could be a fly on the wall you’d hear our elders discussing how to be a community as described in this picture (from a book we’ve been talking through over the last months).

God has called Christians to be about following Christ when it’s so easy to become polarized by the million tribal markers that we apply to ourselves and others. But we’re working, thinking and praying at how to be a “fellowship of the differents”, a “church that looks like the world to come.” And we haven’t perfected it, but we’re working at leading in that direction.

set your hope

set your hope

You might not be able to tell this from social media, but the fundamental mindset of Christians should be hope. God’s future kindness (e.g. future hope) outshines present darkness. What Jesus will do should shape what we do now.

(And we’re not good at this, so 1 Peter tells Christians to be alert – actively pursue a mindset… on hope – an active command.)

How to Pray for Kids in School

How to Pray for Kids in School

Ashley gives a master class on how to pray for kids in school (with some help from her friends at Moms in Prayer)

Scripture Prayers to Pray for Students, Teachers, School Administrators, and School Support Staff
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

Denominational Life

Denominational Life

Non-denominational churches are getting all of the press these days. They tend to be more creative, more flexible – with far more of an independent entrepreneur, leader-driven culture.

This week I’m at a meeting of the CRCNA. I’m convinced that denominational churches are more stable and less prone to scandal. We tend to put a lot more effort into slow-moving, deliberative boundaries, policies and guidelines. We have a Book of Order (not kidding) with hundreds of pages of thought-out scenarios. Pastors and local leaders are both given direction deliberated by a long process over time by the collective bi-national church (Councils, Classes, Synods, Overtures, Appeals, etc) AND we are all held accountable to a wider group of people than just a local church.

Frankly, it’s a little boring and slow. BUT organizations that build for the long term, and are built on ideas instead of popular, charismatic leaders are better off in the long run. And I’m increasingly convinced over time that Christians are better off connecting with traditions than trends.