8 Ways to Hook Your Congregation Into Your Message

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The biblical text should be the grand centerpiece of every sermon. But we often take what should be the centerpiece, and move it to the front of what we have to say. In most cases, reading the text should come first in importance, but not first in the order of a message. Whether you’re looking […]


How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven

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   Michael Cheshire had me at the title! I like to laugh, and I enjoy comedy, but there are admittedly very few books that can actually make me laugh out loud. But within the introduction to How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven, I knew I was in for a delightful read! Michael’s story is a […]


God, Help Me to Be Weird

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  I’ve just finished reading the weirdest book I’ve ever read – Weird by Craig Groeschel… and I’m glad I did. I don’t ever want to be normal again. As Craig puts it, “normal isn’t working.” We’ve used various terms for the kind of lifestyle Groeschel is calling us to live – sanctified, set apart, […]


Boring Preaching Is a Criminal Act

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  No, this is not a post about the loss of our religious freedom – it’s a reflection on a quote I’ve looked at many times since I first wrote it down about nine years ago at a conference on preaching… If you think the gathering of biblical facts and standing up with a Bible […]


Ir-rev-rend: Christianity Without the Pretense

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Pastor Rick Warren has often said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and an ounce of pretense is worth a pound of manure.” Fake faith is a pet peeve of mine, and it is certainly an issue God addresses rather directly in Scripture. I believe God is serious about it […]


3 Approaches to Church We Need to Hold In Tension

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  Not really. Or at least I’m not sure. Church planting is a hot topic right now in western Christianity, and it needs to be with the spiritual condition of North America and western Europe. And when anything is a hot topic, it creates tension. Tension can be good. Out of tension flows a creative […]


10 Reasons to Launch a Church In a Movie Theater

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  It looks as though we’ll be launching Grace Hills’ weekly public worship services in a movie theater – Malco Rogers Towne Cinema to be exact. And I must say, I’m very excited about the opportunity ahead! We will have three auditoriums: a 149-seat auditorium for worship (until we outgrow it) and two 83-seat auditoriums […]


Can God Work a Million Dollar Miracle in Forty Days?

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We know that the answer is yes. Throughout Scripture, God has accomplished it repeatedly. He’s even done far more in far less time. He did, after all, create the universe in just six days. Right now, John Bishop and Living Hope Church are attempting something that seems impossible – get 1,000 churches to give $1,000 […]


The Saddleback Network Is Expanding

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  The church we are planting, Grace Hills, is part of the Saddleback Network, a new, still-forming initiative to cover the earth with purpose driven churches. Today, there are four of us in the network. Peter Dupre is planting Revive Community Church in the Boston area. Jose Gonzalez is planting a Hispanic congregation in Anaheim. […]


There Is Hope: A Free Video About the Anniversary of 9/11

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WorshipVue is offering a free mini-movie download for churches to use this coming Sunday. A powerful video to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Set to the song ‘There Is Hope’ by Christian artist Dave Pettigrew, this mini movie reminds us all that no matter the circumstances, there is always hope to […]


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