For New Englanders: October’s Plant New England Conference

 Are you a Christian in New England who loves the gospel? Do you want to encourage church-planting and church renewal? Check out the Plant New England conference. It’s taking place in Boston from October 14-15, 2013 (two months away, roughly). Here’s what Plant New England is about: Plant New England is designed to equip churches [Read More...]

“The Gospel Has Broken Through These Barriers”: Salvation of a Scottish Ruffian

If you’ve never heard of Mez McConnell, his testimony in this video will bless you. It shows that God’s gospel is unstoppable. McConnell was a child from a broken home who was living a hopeless, dissolute, desperate life when the Lord got ahold of him in a Scottish prison. You almost could not script a [Read More...]

Scottish Church Planting: Introducing the 20 Schemes Project

Thabiti Anyabwile highlights the gospel testimony of a Scot named Mez McConnell here. Listen to this account of how God saved a desperate soul and gave him new life. Then check out these resources, including the “20 Schemes” project that Mez and Matthew Spandler-Davidson are pioneering. It sounds terrific and needed. More info: You can [Read More...]

The “SuperZips,” American Elitism, and Church Planting

Charles Murray recently authored a noteworthy piece in the Wall Street Journal that called attention to cultural divergence in America between the upper middle class (represented by Belmont, MA) and the lower class (represented by Fishtown, PA).  There’s much to think about here, including whether it’s a good thing that cultural creators group themselves together [Read More...]

Mike McKinley and the Wimps of Church Planting

You might have heard about Mike McKinley’s recent book on church planting: Church Planting Is for Wimps (Crossway, 2010).  If you haven’t, it’s a great read. Mike is the senior pastor of Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia.  In God’s grace, he oversaw the revitalization of the church.  Church Planting Is for Wimps is the [Read More...]

New England Ministry: An AP Report on Encouraging Developments and Discouraging Trends

From an Associated Press story linked on John Starke’s blog: Trinity College’s American Religious Identification Survey released this year showed New England overtaking the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region in the country. Twenty-two percent of respondents here said they have no religious faith of any kind, highest in the country. In a Gallup [Read More...]

Why Do Multi-Site When You Can Plant?

Christianity Today posed this question to a number of leading ecclesiological thinkers and got a number of interesting answers (HT: 9Marks).  I recommend you check the whole thing out (it’s just two pages). What I found most striking among the answers is that only once was the Bible directly referenced.  Even then, no text was [Read More...]

The Link 6.5.09: Teaching Writing, The Great Commission, and Church Planting

1. I cannot help but again recommend the Mat Kearney song “Closer to Love” to you.  So you know, it is not me who is doing the recommending, it is the musical beast inside of me. 2. What makes good writing good?  Can one teach others to write?  This New Yorker piece by Louis Menand [Read More...]

Mark Driscoll and the 900: Toughness and Manliness in Gospel Ministry

Those of you who want a high-viscosity challenge in the realm of Christian ministry should check out Mark Driscoll’s call for 900 men: “We are deadly serious about the great commission and loading all guns to storm hell with the gospel of grace. And we need more men. Nine hundred men. Not boys—men. Real men. [Read More...]


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