Mighty as the Mushroom…

It’s likely we’ve all heard the following: our churches should be as mighty as the oak tree: large, majestic, long-living, life-giving. On the surface this appears to be a wonderful analogy for the church. But it’s not the best, and I dare say that the choice of oak is misplaced. Let’s compare the oak and the mushroom. The oak tree is tall. Conversely, the mushroom is small. It is plucked from the ground and seems to disappear. With plenty of sunshine, the oak tree grows in the open; it has many branches and can live hundreds of years. The ...

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Mimic…

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. [Philippians 3:17-18, ESV] Until you can stand up in front…

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Church Planting v. Church Starting…

If a church starts with over 5000 people, is it a church plant?  I’m sure this is dabbling in semantics and wordplay, but I do see a difference between planting a church with a core team of about ten or twenty people and starting a church that runs an attendance of 1000+ the first day. …

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Pastor Encouragement…

I watched a mentor and pastor of mine in New Orleans struggle through a very tough time.  When he announced he was leaving, I wasn’t surprised.  I saw it coming months prior to the announcement, although he didn’t tell me.  During our weekly meetings, we would talk about what I was dealing with and he’d…

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