Gannon Sims

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door and he preached the word to them. -Mark 2: 1-2 We don’t often picture Jesus at home. Most often, we picture Jesus on the […]

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I’m 26 years old and most of my friends want nothing to do with church. In their minds, they know what church is about and they want nothing to do with that. This is my challenge. How do I communicate God’s love in a context that tunes me out the moment they hear the word […]

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Dan Carlton

My sense is that most churches started as fresh expressions of church. At least that is what they want to believe. They started a church in order to reach people for the gospel who have not yet been reached. Over time that initial burst of missionary attitude gives way to a more formal, institutional expression of the […]

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Travis Collins

A transvestite showed up one day and was welcomed, though he was not in the “target demographic.” A businessman sitting nearby overheard the conversation on another day and walked over to say how much he appreciated what was going on. A lady who is “up in age” drives forty-five minutes from her rural home to be part […]

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Imagine this: You grew up going to church. Your best friends were in youth group. Then you went to a Christian college where you met your Christian spouse. The bridesmaids and groomsmen in your wedding were Christian friends. You moved to a new city to start a family. You made your first friends at church […]

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Gannon Sims

“To encounter crisis is to encounter the possibility of truly being the church.” So says South African Theologian David Bosh in his magisterial work: Transforming Mission. Bosh notes that the Japanese character for ‘crisis’ is a combination of the characters for ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’. So, in his estimation, crisis is not the end of opportunity […]

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“Mom, all your stories are about you talking to strangers. How embarrassing.” This is what my ten-year-old son said as we talked about our day around the dinner table. I laughed because it was true and it seems better than saying, “My mom walks the streets!” I do that too, but not in the way you […]

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Imagine, if you will, a ‘Village of God.’ Over here is a quiet area, with simple cabins for personal retreats, a labyrinth, an inter-faith chapel. Over yonder, some ‘downsized’ business people are getting job application and resume coaching. In the lounge of one of the partner churches, some pastors are studying next Sunday’s readings together. […]

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Gannon Sims

“We owe the Gospel to others. This is the debt we owe.” These hard-hitting words were delivered by Bishop Graham Cray in a sermon at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia. You can listen to the sermon here. In the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans, Paul writes of his service to […]

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Gannon Sims

Anyone familiar with the statistics of church decline knows that statistics don’t mean much unless they also show the story behind the numbers. And the words we use must be subjected to what a former U.S. Senator famously called the Dickey Flatt test. Dickey Flatt was a print shop owner in Mexia, Texas. And he […]

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