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Elder Rule Church Government is From Satan, Too

April 16, 2015

Back in the spring of 2011, I made the regrettable decision to publish a blog post entitled, “Congregational Government is From Satan.” Initially the post was inflammatory to get attention, but in the end it was judged as unbalanced and therefore unfair. In that sense, the danger of hyperbole was realized. That post was removed long ago, but its negative impact continues to linger. This post is for the purpose of apologizing and explaining how I have come to regret it. Read More

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5 Essentials for High Impact Preaching (things most preachers don’t do)

April 11, 2015

What do you want from your sermon at the end of the day? Vertical Church preaching is all about the expectation that God blesses the unapologetic, Spirit-dependent heralding of His Word—but is there more a preacher can do to be effective? Beyond the requisite faithfulness to Christ and His Word, can a preacher do more to amplify the sermon’s impact? Read More

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From Agony to Glory

April 10, 2015

Blown away and very, very grateful for the team of tireless artists and technicians who dreamed and planned and delivered our most impactful Good Friday/Easter services combo, ever. Their breadth of styles and creativity of presentation were a bountiful bouquet—a panoramic palette of hues and shades that illumined Jesus Christ, from agony to glory, in unprecedented beauty. Read More

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The Darker the Darkness . . .

April 09, 2015

Great victories are often followed by seasons of testing, and this trip has been no exception. Kirk VanMaanen and the film crew left Israel first, then lost their luggage and missed their connection to Kuala Lumpur while in Istanbul. They arrived a day later from Amsterdam and waited an additional two days for their luggage. They suffered patiently, and we are truly blessed by their reliable enthusiasm for this mission. Read More

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Risen for the Nations

April 06, 2015

Greetings from the ‘uttermost parts of the earth’:
What an awesome Easter celebration. Between our Good Friday and weekend services, it was one of our highest attendances ever, which means Christ is being exalted in more and more lives—which I know thrills your hearts as it does mine. Our team shared tears of joy and longing to be with you in person as we watched the services online. The video of Mary at the tomb that closed our celebration is one of the most moving things I have seen in all my years of following Jesus. He is alive! Read More

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Calling and Longevity in Ministry

March 31, 2015

The threat of burnout is very real for many ministry leaders, and I know it firsthand. Just as the apostle Paul kept his eyes on the prize and his focus on ‘the Day’ when he would stand before Christ, we all need to have “he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13) ringing in our ears. Last week I had the opportunity to talk about some of the challenges that come with leading an enduring ministry in an interview with a good friend and fellow pastor, Ryan Huguley. Read More

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