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“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being involved in your local church…but God didn’t create the universe and then retire into full-time churchwork. God is not just interested in being Lord of the church…He’s interested in being Lord of all things. And the way that happens is that as we bring everything in our lives under […]

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“Do you know why so many churches today are filled with people who have never been saved? It’s because they’ve never had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. They’ve met a creed, but not Christ. They’ve met a cause, but not Christ. They’ve met a code, but not Christ. They’ve met a church, but not […]

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Christians who fail tend to avoid other Christians…especially when they are feeling bad and guilty in the midst of their failure. It’s sad to see this dynamic of the law happen in the church and then see the opposite happen in Twelve Step groups. In these recovery groups, people are taught that the very first […]

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“I think one of the great strengths of the church is when it serves as an oasis within the culture, and offers a distinctive alternative to the prevailing values surrounding it. Unfortunately, the attitude in many modern churches is, ‘No, we need to be just like the culture in order to draw as many as […]

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“Many people today, some well-intentioned and some not so much, are doing their best to soft-pedal the gospel in order to widen its appeal. But in reality, they’re doing the exact opposite. When we make following Jesus a tag line, or view it as just something we add on to our lives without sacrificing anything, […]

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“Success seems to be the ‘golden calf’ of the American church. These days, we measure the success of a church by the 3 B’s…buildings, bodies, and budget. When those 3 things reach a certain number, we equate that with a successful ministry. But if we measured Jesus’ earthly ministry by that standard, He would be […]

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“Part of the issue with how we do church today is the way we’ve connected church leadership with the ability to sell books, to draw crowds, and to get invited to all the major conferences. We’ve essentially commodified ministry.” ~ Katelyn Beaty

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“In the beginning (New Testament times), the church was a gathering of men and women around the person and mission of Jesus. Then it moved to Greece, where the church became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where the church became an institution. Then it moved to Europe, where the church became a culture. […]

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“Believe it or not, the breakdown of character in our society has actually caused us to be more legalistic. The decline of character is being compensated for with more laws. So now you can’t say something is wrong anymore if it’s legal, no matter how morally wrong it may be. The focus then has shifted […]

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“Much of Christianity now in America is really moralistic, therapeutic deism. We appeal to people with the idea of making your life better…that the goal of the gospel is to make you better, to make your marriage better, your finances better, your circle of friends better, and to make you more happy and fulfilled. But […]