• “God Doesn’t Answer Prayer.” That’s what my friend Pastor Jeff McCrory heard himself say to his small group Bible Study. “My hurt was talkin...
    When You Doubt the Power of Pr...
    By Bill Gaultiere
    October 26th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Every community has its own set of keys — keys that will open doors, keys that will unlock hearts, keys that will release what was once enclosed. ...
    Finding the Keys to Your Commu...
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    October 19th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • “The Sermon on the Mount is a collection of Jesus’ sayings,” my seminary professor said. “Matthew has arranged some pithy words of Jesus and...
    A Fresh Hearing of Jesus
    By Bill Gaultiere
    October 12th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Early this morning I received a very sad email. I sat wondering, “Where is God in all this mess. Why? Why now? Why this man? Hasn’t he suffered ...
    When Community Hurts
    By Bill Donahue
    September 14th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Everywhere I go I hear the soil is hard here. This is the toughest place in which to share the gospel. Earlier this year I was in Germany. Making disc...
    The Hardest Place to Go
    By Steve Addison
    September 07th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk” (John 5:8). In order to appreciate the value of Jesus’ command, you need to conside...
    Pick Up Your Mat and Walk!
    By Ron Edmondson
    August 24th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • A young man named Johnny had Downs Syndrome and worked as a grocery store bagger. He didn’t feel that he had much to offer other people – till h...
    The Pastor of the Grocery Stor...
    By Bill Gaultiere
    August 17th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • In my job, I hear far more junk than I care to hear sometimes.One part of the drama of messiness which always frustrates me is how gossip begins abou...
    7 Ways to Stop Gossip
    By Ron Edmondson
    August 03rd, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • “Love your neighbor as yourself” is the “Royal Law” of Scripture (James 2:8-17). Learn by relying upon Christ to keep this law from your hea...
    Do You Love Your Neighbor?
    By Bill Gaultiere
    July 27th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Stability is the discipline of staying or sticking with people. It means not leaving your group, not backing out on a commitment, not giving up when...
    Stability in Community
    By Bill Gaultiere
    July 20th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • We know agápē refers to a pure and unconditional love, that érōs is more sensual in nature and often the reaction to beauty. There are more commun...
    How's Your Love Life?
    By Bill Donahue
    July 13th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Chances are good you do not know the names of your great grandparents. Perhaps you do, but do you know the names of your great-great grandparents? M...
    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
    By Michael Hidalgo
    July 06th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • We live in one world with two kingdoms intersecting—the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of God. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, we were ...
    A Transforming Love
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    June 29th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Hurricane Sandy was the largest tropical storm yet recorded and caused an estimated $65.6 billion in damage and leaving 252 dead. When it struck the...
    8 Reasons You Should Lead a Di...
    By Lawrence W. Wilson
    June 08th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • My wife and I were at a department store looking at some shirts in the men’s department on sale. After over 10 years in retail, including as a buy...
    5 Ways to Be Authentic
    By Ron Edmondson
    June 01st, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • I returned from Haiti after a seven-day mission to help install a water filtration system at a church and school in the village of Papette. Our team o...
    Lessons from a Missions Trip
    By Lawrence W. Wilson
    May 25th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • How do I balance a genuine desire to care for someone with the occasional need to confront destructive patterns, sin or wrongdoing? That was my ques...
    Care-Frontation
    By Bill Donahue
    May 11th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • The popularity of missional community is rising among evangelicals, and yet, the American church is nowhere near a missional tipping point. I’ve f...
    Getting Through the Challenges...
    By Jonathan K. Dodson
    May 04th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • My friend "Jake" attended a men's conference last weekend in a western state. After one of my sermons—which dealt with the topic of freedom from sexu...
    What to Say and Not Say to a S...
    By J. Lee Grady
    April 27th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Jesus’ life flowed in a wonderful rhythm between time alone with God and time with friends and people he ministered to.  He found joy by going of...
    Solitude and Community
    By Bill Gaultiere
    April 20th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • The standard advice to pastors these days is that they should under no circumstances do pastoral care. That’s been de rigueur in leadership circle...
    Every Pastor Should Be a Pasto...
    By Lawrence W. Wilson
    April 20th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • After I heard the news that Islamic terrorists had killed more than 72 people in a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, last Sunday, I called my friend ...
    Lead Your Church in Praying fo...
    By J. Lee Grady
    March 30th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • by Steve AddisonI recently finished reading Anthony Beevor’s account of the WWII battle for Stalingrad. This is an excellent description of the horr...
    Expect a Battle
    By Steve Addison
    March 23rd, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • A number of years ago at a pastors’ retreat I connected with a friend who was excited to tell me that he had just gotten his book published. I co...
    Freedom from Jealousy
    By Bill Gaultiere
    March 16th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Today’s world needs a revolution. Not a violent one; we’ve had plenty of those. We need a revolution that changes hearts and minds with love. That...
    Become Good News People Again
    By Neil Cole
    March 09th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Ray Vaughn shares what it looks like to turn local churches into centers for training and mobilizing ordinary believers: So we start training at Suga...
    Ideas on Ways to Reach Your Ci...
    By Steve Addison
    February 24th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Jesus says of the Good Samaritan: “He went [to the injured man] and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.  Then he put the man on his own...
    Your Care Brings Cure
    By Bill Gaultiere
    February 17th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • “Love each other, be deep-spirited friends” (Philippians 2:1, MSG). Most Christians I know have been in small group Bible studies or small group ...
    Deep-Spirited Friendships at C...
    By Bill Gaultiere
    February 10th, 2016

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • In a world of terrorism, racial tensions, immigration debates, the need for criminal justice reform, and a widening gap between the haves and the ha...
    And the Word Became Marginaliz...
    By Efrem Smith
    December 02nd, 2015

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Jesus established that there are two intersecting worlds on this globe called earth; two worlds that share the same earth. Each one has its own dist...
    Choosing Your Homeland
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    November 18th, 2015

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • One of the earliest stories recorded in the biblical narrative involves two people, mostly naked, hiding from God in a garden. They had done the ver...
    On Judgment and Accusation
    By Michael Hidalgo
    November 11th, 2015

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Jesus’ life flowed in a wonderful rhythm between time alone with God and time with friends and people he ministered to.  He found joy by going of...
    Solitude and Community
    By Bill Gaultiere
    November 04th, 2015

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed ...
    Who Are the Least of My Brothe...
    By Steve Addison
    October 28th, 2015

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • By Efrem SmithChrist was born into a world of violence. All the male babies that looked like Him were to be murdered because of the revolutionary th...
    The Multi-Ethnic Christ and Me...
    By Efrem Smith
    October 21st, 2015

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • As I looked up at the towering bastions of capitalism shimmering in the sunlight, I thought to myself: “These skyscrapers are monuments to man. ...
    Hate the City, Love the City
    By Jonathan K. Dodson
    September 30th, 2015

    Missional Living and Social Justice
  • Moving from the theological tower of seminary to the worn-in trenches of church planting, much more than my clothing had to change. The transition...
    Be Missional, Not Superficial
    By Jonathan K. Dodson
    September 23rd, 2015

    Missional Living and Social Justice