Don’t Shrink the Church or the Gospel

By Mike Coyner Acts Chapter 20 records that Paul gathered the leaders of the church at Ephesus to say farewell before he left, knowing he would go to Rome and his likely death. In his farewell to them, he reminds them that he gave everything for the Gospel and for the churches. He says he [Read More…]

Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Us

This post is a contribution to the Patheos Book Club on God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church. Perhaps one of the signs of middle age is that your friends suddenly start writing books. I first met Elaine Heath in the early 2000’s when she and I were both receiving fellowships from an [Read More…]

We’re made to work

People are called to work, not just to provide for themselves, but to help the world flourish, says the collaborator on Timothy Keller’s book “Every Good Endeavor.” This post originally appeared at Faith & Leadership. People work for a variety of reasons: money, security, power, success. But work — at least, from the perspective of [Read More…]

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From the archives: Good fruit, thorny endeavor

One of the great joys of serving The Kern Family Foundation as a regional director is gathering together with other Kern Pastors to wrestle with profound questions of life, ministry, and how the local church can be an agent of cultural change through the integration of faith, work, and economics. This past summer, we had the opportunity to do just that, meeting every other week over breakfast to discuss Tim Keller’s Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work— a brilliant and clear-headed discussion of how faith and work intersect. [Read more…]

VIDEO: How Faithful Churches Create Flourishing Communities

Here’s an inspiring talk on a vision for churches and their communities delivered by Charlie Self at an Oikonomia Network event on June 19, 2015.  For more, check out http://www.oikonomianetwork.org. [Read more…]

Are you a functional atheist?

By Mike Coyner Last week during our Learning Forum for active UM bishops, I heard one of our presenters say, “Many of us in the church are functional atheists.” That statement got my attention, and I hope it gets your attention. He further explained: It is easy for us in the church (especially in church [Read More…]