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The worst sin of all.

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  The worst sin of all. There was this day when an acquaintance took me out to breakfast about 5 years ago at Frank's Diner. You see, I started realizing how heinous my life was to Jesus and began to confess and repent like mad. I would teach and confess, and talk and confess my sins. I...

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Conflicts with Emilie

Category: Authentic Community

If you know my (former) roommate Emilie and I, you know that we are quite different. The parts of her that don’t yet acknowledge Christ as Lord are in fierce pursuit of safety through independence, distance, and suppression of emotion. The parts of me that don’t acknowledge Christ...

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Messy

Category: Authentic Community

“It is really messy.” This is a phrase we repeat in missional community and conversations about it all the time, and it is true. The reality is, we don’t know what we are doing, but we are coming together as a group, with commitment, and trying to figure it out. What is...

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Living in the Love I Have (Rather Than the Lack I Feel)

Category: Authentic Community

Earlier this week I took my computer to the Apple Store. It is five years old. The video card had gone out. The repair was more than I felt I should afford, and I was unsure about the time my computer had left even with the repair. I use it every day for my business and volunteer activities. I...

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Over-The-Fence Mission

Category: Authentic Community

In our Gospel Leader Residency, we're studying the book of Acts and reading about the establishment and expansion of the first century church. Again and again we've seen that God's mission is to make disciples and gather them into local communities called churches. Church planting is the...

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Tags: mission, missional community, discipleship, great commission

The Growth of the Early Church

Category: Authentic Community

Rodney Stark on why the early church grew from 120 to 6 million in just 300 years: "Christianity did not grow because of miracle working in the marketplaces (although there may have been much of that going on), or because Constantine said it should, or even because the martyrs gave it such...

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Tags: church, mission, community, evangelism, discipleship