Strategic Families

Our world needs some changing, and God intends to change it through the family. The most critical spiritual environment is the one in which you live. As we look at these up and coming generations, we must realize that trained church professionals are not the answer to our children’s spiritual needs. Our children need their …

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Pancakes for Missions and so much more…

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s going on in life and in ministry: Pancake Breakfast – all you have to do is eat pancakes to support our summer missionaries. O’Charley’s on Saturday from 7-9 at $5/plate. I think what I am so excited about is that we have non-rush North Side time. We can eat …

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Theological Survey Results

A couple of weeks ago, I conducted a theological survey of our adults at North Side. This is for a requirement for my next degree, but I tailored the questions to help our staff discern teaching and directional needs for our church in the area of evangelism and missions. Concerning conducting this survey, I was …

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The Church – More than a Mere Gathering

        Through the differing images of the church presented in the New Testament, God wove a theological tapestry concerning the doctrine of the church. More than a mere gathering, Jesus’ church was to be his holy and bold extension in the world. The apostles presented that believers should not view church as a building. …

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All the Other Stuff (Images of the Church – #7 of 7)

Remaining Images The New Testament also contains a few more images of the church that are used less but still pivotal to the understanding of the church. First, Paul described the church as serving as the pillar and bulwark of the truth. In the Book of 1 Timothy, Paul urged Timothy to ensure that the …

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A Field (Images of the Church – #6 of 7)

A Field of Crops In another illustration of the church, Paul identified the church as a field of crops. Paul was seen as the planter, and Apollos watered the garden that Paul planted. More than solely evangelism, Paul had founded that specific church in Corinth. Apollos spiritually watered the church by continually discipling the members …

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“Greater Things” – What a Morning!

This morning was incredible. Members from North Side joined together at 6:30 (that’s in the AM, people) to pray for our city.  I was amazed for many different reasons – so I shall share with you faithful readers: The fact that you got up to pray at 6:30am. No preaching, no songs, just prayer – …

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Buildings?! (Images of the Church – #5 of 7)

The Buildings The authors of the New Testament also record different building imagery for the church. While they never viewed the church as a specific building, the authors did use buildings as illustrations to explain the theological implications of the church. First, Paul described the church as a simple building. In this discourse, Paul’s logical …

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Stealing Sheep: The Hidden Danger of Transfer Growth

I recently read a book by William Chadwick called, Stealing Sheep.  Here’s my review: Introduction In Stealing Sheep, William Chadwick addresses the discreet yet volatile dangers of transfer growth within churches.  Chadwick has served as pastor in different churches, and he currently pastors Stroudwater Christian Church in Portland.  As a pastor, he personally witnessed and …

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I’ve Got a New Job!

Yes, it’s true. I have accepted a new job. North Side has been great, but alas it is time to move on. I’m just kidding, but I do have a new job. The beauty of this job is I get to stay at North Side to do it! In the Fall, I am going to …

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