Selected quotes from The Present Future by Reggie McNeal Church growth advocates argued that growth was a sign of life and was anticipated and even expected by God. A lot of “growth” was merely the migration of Christians moving from one church to another… With rare exception the “growth” here
As we journey through our Summer Book Discussion, each week I’d like to share a few quotes from The Present Future, by Reggie McNeal, along with some questions to stir up some conversation. Speaking of trying to “do church better,” Reggie writes: All this activity anesthetizes the pain of loss.
Our fellowship is beautifully diverse racially, ethnically, socially, economically, educationally, financially, generationally, and in church traditions. We have so much to learn from each other and so many ways to minister to persons in and outside our fellowship.
For most of us, our only experience with fruit is going to the grocery store and buying it. We eat it because it tastes good and is good for us. Cherries are my favorite and are said to help us sleep better. We have lots of different fruits from which
Last week, your pastoral staff gathered with our Cooperative Baptist Fellowship family from all across our country and all across our world. Pastors, chaplains, ministry leaders, field personnel, and lay leaders of diverse backgrounds, traditions, ethnicities, races, genders all gathered together with a common cause: the transformative Gospel of Jesus
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a Christian network of individuals and churches working together to spread the hope of Christ. Our diverse community includes partners all over the globe, and our fellowship supports a wide range of missions and ministries that give people meaningful opportunities to put their faith into
Often, phrases in the Bible catch my attention. Then, I’ll read them or hear them again and again in conversations, sermons, books, et cetera. One of those phrases that God has impressed upon me is “pour out your heart before Him.” It began when I was reading the Psalms. Pouring
When we think of being a Spirit-filled church, images of emotionalism, people rolling on the floor, speaking in tongues, dancing in the sanctuary, and the like may come to mind. It is easy to be skeptical. It’s easy to dismiss. It’s also easy to regulate the workings of the Holy
It is easy to try and do life in our own strength. When I do that, I often find myself in a more difficult situation than what I began with. It’s like deciding to drive to New York without a map. Like Bugs Bunny, we always make a wrong turn
God has endowed this church and its members with many gifts. Romans 12:6–8 says: We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then