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Story On: The Necessity of Participation in Church and Civic Life

The change of the church season and the participation of the democratic process remind us of the privilege and the call to participate in a greater story being told.

Reclaimed Goods: Redeeming Culture for Worship

Finding ways of connecting Scripture and culture in worship.

Can pop culture be redeemed for Christian purposes? This is a question often asked by worship leaders.

Mentioning the Unmentionable

Death is a very real word and a very real reality. For followers of the One who defeated death, it is the next logical step in our eternal trust walk with triune God.

And Pray to the Lord for It

Mission unfolds in our homes and backyard gardens. Mission extends across generations and welcomes new people into our families. Mission seeks the well-being and shalom of the whole city. And this day-in, day-out mission of being God’s people includes praying for the city in which we live.

Though not prone to proof-texting, the missional church conversations in which I often find myself do have a few favorite passages that are often employed with a mic-drop emphasis. Jeremiah 29:4-7 is one of those go-to texts:

6 Tips for Introducing Surprise in Worship

Taking a well-tread path is good if you’re avoiding a bad surprise. But it is not good if you’re open to good surprises. This is true for worship planning, too.