I went back to the dentist today for my check-up. I was really excited to hear that my teeth were so much better because I’ve been flossing every day since my last check-up.

If you are planting a church, what should be your first priority?

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed. (Matthew 4:19-20)

It was an awkward moment. As I heard the words come out of her mouth, I wanted to walk away or just crawl into a hole and hide.

As a missionary in your own zip code, it’s important to understand those in the culture around you. How do you do that? …Seek to be a learner.

Is the Church in America transforming lives and communities? The answer is sadly, “No.” “Rather than occupying a central and influential place, North American Christian churches are increasingly marginalized, so much so that in our urban areas they represent a minority movement.”

One common excuse that Christians offer for not engaging in missional activity that results in starting new churches is a concern for church health.

Too many churches in America are failing to make disciples of non-disciples. The mission of many churches is internally focused on more people, more money, and more buildings, rather than externally focused on the mission of Jesus.

I’ve been reading Simply Christian by N.T. Wright. His aim in this book is to “describe what Christianity is all about, both to commend it to those outside the faith and to explain it to those inside.” (p. ix)

Unfortunately, some people view evangelism as what the pastor does on Sundays. This idea has been called fishing in an aquarium.