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13-Year-Old Napkin Notes

It was somewhat surreal, and a little surprising. Not that I had expected something really different, but it was still a reason to raise the eye-brows a bit. That was my reaction to an email from Pastor Chris, one that contained a letter and some initial “napkin notes” I wrote back in 2003. The letter […]

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It’s STATurday: Church Numbers

From issues of morality to the importance of missions, here’s what recent surveys and numbers report about either Americans, those who call themselves Christians and what we are part of—the church, or both.* 44% of practicing Christians agree that it’s a good practice for couples to live together outside of marriage. 88% of people who […]

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Best Book I Read in June

It was the title that first caught my attention while I was browsing the Moody Publishing booth at their Pastors Conference—“On Being a Pastor.” Then the name Begg. Alistair Begg. I thought to myself, Yes, that’d be quite interesting to see what he thinks about being a pastor. But I was wrong. This book by […]

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The Next Book I’m Buying

Book reviews are rarely motivating, They’re usually just informative. Not that being informative is bad. Frankly, that’s probably what a book review should be. But Steve McAlpine’s review of Mark Sayers Disappearing Church: From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience (Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2016. 176 pp. $14.99) was more than a review aimed at informing. It was an […]

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40 Days and 18 Ways

Tomorrow our church, First family Church, begins our 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting emphasis. I’m looking forward to seeing God work deeply within the lives of his flock here as every day we are all praying, and everyday at least one person is fasting. For those among my readership who are not within this […]

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Sunday Rewind: Does Obedience Matter Corporately?

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In Case You Missed the Video from Today’s Message

Few things could have underscored better the reason we at FFC encourage 100% involvement in our small groups (known as Lighthouses) than the video we showed at the conclusion of the message (click to watch message). Some, however, didn’t get the opportunity to see it due to being out of town for the holiday. Or they […]

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What to Look for in a Church

A few years ago as I was teaching from Acts 2-4, I, almost in passing, threw out some observations about what people should look for in a church. Not that these qualities are unimportant; rather, it wasn’t the bulls-eye target of the text that day. But it warranted a drive-by mentioning, so I generally lobbed these […]

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10 in 10

Recently I was asked to share with a group of pastors 10 things I’ve learned in 10 years, mainly about church planting and ministry. Though no doubt the lessons learned are way more than that, I did manage to whittle the list down to 10. Interestingly, as I reviewed the list, I realized these 10 […]

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This is My Church

This past Sunday First Family Church celebrated its 10-year anniversary. It was a humbling, amazing day! And while I intend to say more about it in the near future, I want to use a different anniversary story to highlight what I think should be everyone’s anniversary story. It’s the story of my niece (from my […]

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