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Top Ten Reasons I May Not Have Answered Your Question (Part 1 of 2)

The questions continue to pile in. Most of the questions are fantastic. However, some of them are a bit, shall we say, off target. In fact, I’ll be doing a post later this month on “The Top Ten Reasons I May Not Have Answered Your Question.” Remember, the goal here is to honor Jesus Christ by “Equipping Believers to Walk in Truth.” As such, I try to pick questions that are broad, related to the nature and scope of my ministry, and common to a large cross-section of my audience. Therefore, don’t look for your specific question about ...

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December Question of the Month

The questions continue to pile in.  Most of the questions are fantastic.  However, some of them are a bit, shall we say, off target.  In fact, I’ll be doing a post later this month on “The Top Ten Reasons I May Not Have Answered Your Question.”  Remember, the goal here is to honor Jesus Christ by “Equipping Believers to Walk in Truth.”  As such, I try to pick questions that are broad, related to the nature and scope of my ministry, and common to a large cross-section of my audience.  Therefore, don’t look for your specific question about ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part Three)

Although we have little doubt that there is a need for new church plants, we are not Naïve concerning the potential advantages and disadvantages of launching a new work.   As such, we are trying to walk into this endeavor with our eyes wide open.  We are also working hard to minimize the disadvantages maximize the advantages.  Nevertheless, there are risks involved. Potential Disadvantages of Planting a New Church One disadvantage of planting a new church is loss of momentum and continuity we may experience.  We have seen God’s life-transforming work among us.  People are being converted, marriages are ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part Two)

The Need for New Churches Of all the options available to us --multiple services, bigger buildings, satellites, and church plants-- we have chosen to plant a new church. As stated in part one, it is not our contention that all of the other options are necessarily wrong in every circumstance, but that they are less than ideal for what we wish to accomplish. The Demographic Need There are over 2.5 million unchurched people in the greater Houston area. This is a fact lost on most people because of the sheer number and size of the churches in our city ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part One)

Word is out about the new GFBC church plant that is scheduled to launch January 31, 2010.  GFBC launched on April 7, 2006, just over three and a half years ago.  However, since then, we have seen significant growth.  Most of that growth has occurred in the past year.  A year ago we had a little over 140 members, and our average Sunday morning attendance was about 220.  This October, our membership is about 250, and our average attendance is between 420 and 450.  Of course, these are not significant numbers for churches in our area.  Houston is home to ...

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Important New Book

Paul Renfro, my fellow elder at Grace Family Baptist Church, has joined with Timothy Jones (editor), Brandon Shields, and Jay Strother to write a very important book.  Perspectives on Family Ministry, takes a careful look at the very important question, “How should the church organize it’s efforts to disciple children and teens?”  I am very excited about this project.  So many people have dismissed family integration as a “fad”, or an “overreaction” to specious data.  However, Southern Seminary professor, Timothy Jones, has taken the FIC seriously from the beginning, and this book makes it clear that the FIC is ...

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Fuller Youth Institute: Right Questions... Wrong Presuppositions

By Matthew Hudson   Recently, editors of Leadership Journal, Marshall Shelley and Brandon O'Brien, interviewed the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and a former youth pastor, Dr. Kara Powell (Ph.D., Fuller). It was so refreshing and encouraging to hear them ask one of the most critical questions effecting the church in our time. The question was asked in the title, "Is the Era of Age Segmentation Over?"   With the opening lines heralding the statistical verification that as many as eight out of ten of the most ministered-to generation are apostatizing, it is clear ...

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Should We Chalk Up Another One for the Anti-Marriage Crowd?

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is beginning to take on the look of a punching bag in the press these days (until he was rescued by the news of Michael Jackson’s death).  After going A.W.O.L. over Father’s Day weekend, it was discovered that the Sanford was actually in Argentina with his mistress.  Though it sounds like something from a James Bond movie (the governor being tracked via cell phone pings... his aids telling security to stop tracking him), the unfortunate reality is that this is an all-too-familiar tale of boy meets girl... boy marries girl ...

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Where Are All the Healthy Churches?

As I have the privilege of teaching at homeschool conferences around the country (California, Iowa, and Virginia to name a few), I have had the privilege of talking to hundreds of families.  For the most part, these conversations have been very encouraging.  However, there is one thing I’ve learned that is not encouraging at all.  Many believers out there who have committed their lives to home discipleship are desperate to find a healthy church that shares, nurtures, and teaches their doctrinal convictions.  In conversation after conversation people ask me (a total stranger who in some cases has never even ...

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