The Great Commission of Doubters

For all the bravado in our Christian churches to be missional, to make disciples of all nations, I feel like the pep rally is growing louder and louder to be missional discipling churches but I find myself more and more doubtful of our noise. It was Jesus who gave us the Great Commission when he said […]

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What Bamboo Teaches Us About Small Group Multiplication

Bamboo is a fascinating grass. It resembles many of the aspects of a healthy church community that is multiplying spiritually. Characteristics of Bamboo Growth Bamboo produces new canes (culms) in the spring. These shoots emerge out of the ground and grow in height and diameter for around 60 days. During this 60-day period, it will […]

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Sexuality and the Church

Apparently, everything is bigger in Texas, including our sexual appetite. Not only is Austin the Live Music Capital of the World — it’s also the “Capital of Copulation,” at least according to Men’s Health magazine’s October 2010 issue.  The magazine cites Austin’s #1 ranking based on categories like condom sales, birth rates, sex toy sales, […]

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Does you ministry exist in an Acts 2 or Acts 17 environment? It matters.

What’s the cultural context the early church started in? The Acts 2 environment is very different from the Acts 17 environment. I believe America has become an Acts 17 environment in many places around our country but unfortunately the church is still operating like it’s an Acts 2 world out there. In Acts 2 we […]

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Relational Voice and Small Group Ethos for Post-Christian People

If you are a church that is missionally living in the culture then you must be prepared for who you will meet. And they might not like you.  People living in the city of Austin, TX are pretty sure most Christians are hateful, narrow minded, intolerant, judgmental, hypocritical and uninformed people. This is the current […]

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Individualism, Community, and Cheering the Loss of Love – Something’s Wrong

Everyone, applause, it’s ‘just’ a divorce. After someone hears Cal crying in the bathroom – everyone in the office thought he had cancer. The good news. It’s just a divorce. Thank God. Smiles. Congratulations.  Thunderous applause. He has been saved from the physically excruciating struggle of cancer. Wow, that was close…Cal only loses a relationship…that’s […]

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Network: Missional Community [video]

A Network is a community on mission. When a committed core of Christ followers is localized in a neighborhood, or among an affinity of people, they become missionaries to the people around them. This community on mission doesn’t sell all of their belongings and move to some hard to say place in the world…instead they […]

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Loneliness and the Decline of Connections in the Digital Age

This video titled THE INNOVATION OF LONELINESS is an excellent review of relationships in the digital age. Could it be that our digital conversations are falsely leading us to believe we are connected, when in reality we are becoming more isolated? How do our digital conversations edit our personal content and images…so that we minimize […]

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Small Groups – Intentional Discipleship and Seasons of Spiritual Formation

Amazingly we have baptized over 1000+ people in our 15 year history. But Jesus ministry is to make disciples, not just baptize people. Here are some next step we are taking in our Small Group system design. Jesus discipled twelve men in his Small Group.  He taught them about the kingdom of God, about his […]

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Creating Life-Changing Small Group Culture

The Starting Place of People Are the people where you live struggling with relational trust, loneliness, brokenness, insecurity or shame? What about these struggles: addictions, abortions, adultery, sexual attractions, anger, …the list could go on.  No one is perfect. Certainly not me. Certainly not you. When I was in high school my favorite community to […]

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