Navigating Adaptive Challenges

When I first read this paragraph from God's Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church by Brad Roth, my mind leaped to a scenario exactly like Roth described: a community losing its missional bearings and directing its energy into constructing a recreational building. In the church, we so often favor the concrete …

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Hearing God’s Voice (Part 7 of 7): Hearing Within God’s Family

Some speak of the church as an institution, but I think of God's church as a family. When I refer to "God's family," I am not talking about your physical family, or even about your local church group, although I hope that those things are included in your Christian family. God's family is much bigger than …

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Hearing God’s Voice (Part 4 of 7): Learning to Listen

"We do not need the sign-gifts today because inspiration and revelation have ceased with the death of the last apostle." Well! I laid aside the Sword and Trumpet magazine, and laughed. Inspiration and revelation have ceased! Where in the Bible does it say that? As long as humanity exists, we need inspiration and revelation from …

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Hearing God’s Voice (Part 2 of 7): A God Who Communicates

Several years ago I sat in a class in which the teacher was expounding on the story of Gideon in Judges. As his talk went on, I found myself more and more perplexed with the interpretation of the story. Gideon was humble, the speaker said, that's why he didn't believe God when God called him …

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