Ir-rev-rend: Christianity Without the Pretense


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


  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


  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?


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


  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


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 […]

The Growth of Social Media [Infographic]


Can you effectively lead a church without being on Facebook? It may not be such a dumb question, in my opinion. Can you lead, teach, and shepherd without technology? Sure. But can you infiltrate the culture with the gospel while walking in a circle of avoidance around the culture? To put it another way, can […]

Books & Media: Unconditional?


Forgiveness is tough! It’s one of the hardest requirements of the believer in Christ. Brian Zahnd does a great job of dealing with some of the hard issues we face and issuing a call for a radical kind of forgiveness in our lives. From the publisher… In a world where the ugliness of rage and […]

Books & Media: Church Diversity


It’s tragic that Sunday is still so segregated in American culture and until we embrace true diversity within the church, we’ll miss out on God’s best for us. How can I say that? because if heaven is a picture of God’s best for us, and if Revelation is clear that people from “every tribe, tongue, […]

Maybe We Need Some Old Time Religion


I’m writing this article to a generation that might never have heard the old song, Old Time Religion (so I included a clip from an old movie for you). I grew up in an old-fashioned church. We had an old building, built in 1833, and an old cemetery with civil war era headstones. We sang […]

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