By Pastor Doug Logan
Our mission was to plant a church in Camden and to engage people for conversions (one of our core-values) and to infuse Christo-centrism into the culture (another core-value) (Romans 15:17-21). In a city of 79,000 people, about 98% are unreached with the gospel, with only 1% attending church. We came in with the hope and the vision to reach unbelievers and ecclesiologically disconnected people with the gospel of Christ.
We sought to connect with unbelievers in multiple regions throughout the city, especially in our target neighborhoods: Fairview, Parkside, and Whitman Park sections of Camden. We sought places in those neighborhoods where the least, the last, and the lost of the city get their daily grind, daily coffee, daily drugs, and their daily idolatry on. Like ...
Once in a while you meet someone who really gets the gospel and is a ninja in applying it to relationships. Ken Sande, founder of Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom 360 (RW360), is one of those people. I recently spent the weekend with him in preparation for his speaking engagement at the Acts 29 Network Conference on the Gold Coast in Australia, February 27-28. The focus of the conference is on Building Healthy Churches and we couldn’t have picked a better speaker to be in the line-up.
After 30 years of helping churches resolve conflict, Ken shifted his focus to helping churches prevent conflict by building healthy relationships. Relational wisdom is the outpouring of the gospel in our relationships and the understanding of how to apply the gospel in our everyday lives. ...
“These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.” Acts 17:6
In the days of the apostles, outsiders disparaged the church, but they couldn’t ignore the church. Today, here in the Bible Belt, our task is to re-create those conditions. We want to be a force for wonderful gospel upheaval. How? By planting so many gospel-centered churches that the blessing of God cannot be ignored. Being spoken against, as ones who turn the world upside down, is not a problem. Being ignored is, because this isn’t about us. It’s about Jesus.
In the corporate psychology of every city there is a threshold of non-ignorability. Here in Nashville, many things can be ignored. But the Tennessee Titans football team cannot be ignored, country music cannot ...
In every society among the many things shared in common is language. Go to Spain and hear Spanish, in Russia you’ll find Russian, in China Chinese…you get the idea. Along with a particular language a people group shares are phrases or sayings which carry meanings other people groups wouldn’t catch. We have them in America. For example, terms and phrases like “home run”, “crying alligator tears”, “sawing logs last night” and, from my West Texan roots, “being in high cotton” are readily understood by native audiences without any need for translation. The reason is because these words and phrases were birthed in the communities (or groups of communities – i.e., nations) where they are used. Culture became the womb ...
I’m a kid of the 1980’s. I remember when I thought I’d never wear bell-bottom jeans. I’d mock photos of my parents wearing them and made a blood covenant with myself that I’d rather die than do the same.
So uncool. So outdated. So unfashionable. No thanks.
I was good with jeans adorned with rolled up cuffs that could cut off a mouse’s circulation. I was hip. I was “in.” I believed I knew the culture (and wore it well). That was until a decade or so passed and then what happened? I found myself wearing pants that tended to flare out a bit at the bottom. Why not? They looked cool with my flip flops or boots. They technically weren’t bell-bottoms but they also weren’t rolled up cuff pants either. What happened to them? They went ...