What Is a Missional Community?

Jeff Vanderstelt
What Is a Missional Community?

A missional community is a family of missionary servants who make disciples who make disciples.

Family

First of all, a missional community is a group of believers who live and experience life together like a family. They see God as their Father because of their faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and the new regeneration brought about by the Holy Spirit. This means they have and know of a divine love that leads them to love one another as brothers and sisters.They treat... Continue Reading

Will We Protect the Little Ones?

John Knight
Will We Protect the Little Ones?

Consider the following about babies with Down syndrome:

  • Of women who choose to have prenatal testing, approximately 90% of those who discover their child has Down syndrome choose to abort.
  • Two companies are racing to provide new prenatal diagnostic tests that could detect Down syndrome as early as the ninth week of pregnancy, without the dangers of current tests.
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists expanded the clinical standard of care to include giving... Continue Reading

Francis Chan on the Sovereignty of God

Josh Etter

Theology Refresh is a new podcast for pastors and Christian leaders, hosted by David Mathis, executive editor at Desiring God, and editor or contributor to a number of books, including Don’t Call It a Comeback, and co-author of the forthcoming How to Stay Christian in Seminary.

The aim of the podcast is to sharpen and refresh spiritual leaders on key aspects of theology that are useful for everyday Christian ministry.

In our inaugural episode, David talks with Francis... Continue Reading

C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 2)

Joe Rigney
C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 2)

We’ve seen, in Part 1, that Lewis’s critique of modern education begins by highlighting the marginalization of value statements, the separation of fact and value, and the creation of men without chests. However, Lewis is not merely lamenting the loss of virtues like courage, fidelity, and sacrifice. For he knows that nature abhors a vacuum, and in the absence of these virtues, men will turn elsewhere to find meaning and purpose.

The Appeal to Instinct

Lewis rejects the... Continue Reading

Don’t Provoke Your Teenage Children to Anger

John Piper
Don’t Provoke Your Teenage Children to Anger

Children, including teenagers, should treat their parents with respect (Ephesians 6:2). But it cuts both ways. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger” (Ephesians 6:4). Of course children can get angry for no good reason. But the point is: Don’t give them a good reason. That would include things like treating them rudely in front of others. C. S. Lewis gives good counsel:

We hear a great deal about the rudeness of the rising generation. I am an oldster... Continue Reading

Five Ways to Make God Known at Work

Josh Etter
Five Ways to Make God Known at Work

Pastor John from 1988:

I have in mind at least five things—five ways to make God known through your secular job and all of them are important. When one of them is missing, the witness to the truth of Christ suffers.

1. The excellence of the products or services you render in your job shows the excellence and greatness of God.

2. The standards of integrity you follow at your job show the integrity and holiness of God.

3. The love you show to people in your job shows the love... Continue Reading

There is a Global Gladness to Be Had

John Piper
There is a Global Gladness to Be Had

I assume you are like me. I know (in my head) that my joy enlarges with significant engagement in world missions. But I drift away from this engagement and this joy. It takes a biography or a message or a video or an article or a conference to wake me up to the drift.

We would like to do that for you in Septemberat our National Conference, as so many have done it for us — wake you up to Global Gladness.

One of the reasons the universe is as large as it is, is not that... Continue Reading

An Elder Qualification We Often Forget

Jonathan Parnell

What are the qualifications for elders in the New Testament? Chances are hospitality doesn't make our quick list, though it's listed in both 1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:8.

In this two minute video, Jeff Vanderstelt, a pastor at Soma Communities, explains how his church takes this qualification seriously when they're assessing elders:

Jeff Vanderstelt, Ed Stetzer and Dave Harvey will be speaking on church planting at our upcoming National Conference, "Finish the Mission:... Continue Reading

Six Characteristics of Spiritual Leadership

Josh Etter
Six Characteristics of Spiritual Leadership

Pastor John from 1981:

There are six things in the word of Joab that I think should characterize every effort at team ministry in the church.

1. Humility

First of all, humility. "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me." Joab was a mighty warrior, but not so foolish as to think himself wholly self-sufficient. "Abishai, my brother, I might be inadequate for the task today." And he was not ashamed to ask for help. Humility willingly acknowledges... Continue Reading

There’s Staggering Glory in Your Story

Jon Bloom
There’s Staggering Glory in Your Story

Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:11).

The story behind your existence is wilder than any story humans have imagined. Have you ever thought about it?

Statistically speaking, you should not exist. How unlikely was it that your parents ever met? And even when they came together you were just an argument or headache or television show or phone call... Continue Reading