26
Aug
2016
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Explorations in Worship

The experience of communal worship has become an increasingly integral part of our approach to ministry in the last couple of years. We have found this to be a powerful way of teaching people how to pray, and of providing a space for them to encounter the Lord in a personal way. This summer we held a six-week series that we called Worship Nights. Having wrapped up that event, I wanted to take a look back and share some reflections...
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15
Jul
2016
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Faith Enough to Act

Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20) If we focus on the mountain that didn’t move, we’ll take Jesus’ words as a rebuke. But if we keep our attention on the mustard seed, we can step into a place where nothing is impossible, nothing is out of reach. What...
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27
Jun
2016
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The Fruits of the Kerygma

One of the positive outcomes of the Church’s focus on the New Evangelization has been a greater awareness of the kerygma, or the foundational proclamation of the Gospel. As a whole, we’re getting smarter about what the kerygma is and, more importantly, about working it into our evangelization efforts with increasing intentionality. When we talk about the kerygma, I think that there are three aspects of it that we need to understand. In the first place, there is the message...
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23
Apr
2016
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The Path to Unity

I had the privilege recently to participate in a massive gathering of Christians who came together to pray for unity and for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our day. The event was called Azusa Now and marked the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival, the birthplace of the Pentecostal movement which has influenced hundreds of millions of Christians worldwide. 70,000 Christians came together in the L.A. Coliseum for Azusa Now, and leaders from diverse communities were...
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19
Apr
2016
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The 4 Kinds of Leadership Every Parish Needs

Parishes cannot accomplish great things without great leadership. But a truly great parish also requires different kinds of leadership in order to grow into its full potential. I believe there are four key leadership needs for every parish: visionary leadership, team leadership, pastoral leadership, and managerial leadership. The vast majority of people do not possess a high level of gifting in more than one or two of these areas of leadership, and so it is critical that the full weight of...
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14
Feb
2016
1

Against the Charge of Evangelical “Emotionalism”

I am not an artist, but I have the good fortune of being married to one. Over the years, my graphic designer wife has shown me enough tips and techniques for me to try my hand at creating a flyer or postcard from time to time, then I pass my rough draft along to her to give it that professional finishing touch. On one particular occasion, my wife asked if I made the deliberate choice to use a black-and-white background...
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18
Dec
2015
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The Parish as School of Evangelization

In my last post, I talked about re-envisioning the role of the parish today and concluded that directing our energies to making the parish a house of prayer and school of evangelization is the best way to take advantage of the present historical and cultural context we find ourselves in. In this follow-up, I want to take a closer look at the parish as a school of evangelization that focuses on training her members to evangelize outside of parish walls....
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5
Dec
2015
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What Is a Parish?

Though the parochial system has been a mainstay of Catholic culture for centuries, it remains but an optional approach to governance in the Church. That is to say, there is nothing doctrinal or dogmatic about the role of a parish, and so it is a legitimate question to ask in any age, “What is the purpose of a parish today?” One way to answer that question is to echo the words of Pope Paul VI and say that, just as...
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