“I need to tell you about Jesus, when do you want to do that?” I was late into my sixteenth year of life when Jeff asked me that question. He was fearless on the football field and in his faith and we were standing in the locker room after practice. It took me by surprise and yet there was something irresistible about the question to me. I had no idea what the effectual call of God was but I was caught up in it like a moth in a hurricane and couldn’t have escaped if I had wanted to. A little over a year later on June 17th the Holy Spirit poured warm water on my frozen soul and I came to life.
I still haven’t recovered from that moment. I live in an almost constant amazement that He saved me. To top off that mercy, I have seen Him do the same thing to hundreds of ...
One of the great joys I’ve had as a pastor and a leader is learning from other pastors and leaders. That learning has taken place in a multitude of ways. I’ve learned from men who differ from me in theology and practice and I’ve learned from those who differ in philosophy and culture. The friends the Lord has graciously gifted to me over these past 10 years are staggering and I’m grateful for each and every one of them. No where have I learned more than when I am with men of a different ethnicity who share the same doctrinal understandings that I do. When I have sat down and had a meal or a cup of coffee with Eric Mason in Philadelphia, Doug Logan in Camden, Bryan Loritts in Memphis, Bryan Carter in Dallas, Leonce Crump in Atlanta, or Lorenzo Elizondo in Oak ...
Acts 29 is a family that supports each member, as well as an organized entity that facilitates church planting collectively. Even more, Acts 29 is a family of churches who, as part of their DNA, plant other churches. Acts 29 is not a theological club. It's a church-planting network.
Acts 29 is not about individuals but rather a band of brothers serving one individual—Jesus—and his church.
CHURCHES PLANTING CHURCHES
If there is one thing that we want to be known about Acts 29, it is that we are committed to planting churches that grow, mature, and then plant more churches. We are a family and a brotherhood of church planters, proclaiming the truth of Jesus, plainly and with conviction.
By the grace of God and with that drive, to plant churches that plant ...
There isn't a lot out there to encourage church planters. Advice? Yes. Correction? Yes. Coaching? Yes. Comparing? Yes. Mocking? Sometimes. Encouragement? Not really. Some may say, "Well, if you're a church planter you shouldn't need kudos to stay the course." There's some truth to that, but that's not what encouragement is about. To en-courage is "to put courage into". Yes, our ultimate source of encouragement is the Chief Planter. Yet, the primary means by which we receive and experience his encouragement is through His people - especially from others who are in the trenches with you. So, to all my fellow church planters, this is my encouragement to you, as one among you.
A SINGULAR, PURE DEVOTION TO JESUS
Brothers, keep going. Love your Jesus well. Stay close to him. Make him ...
There is a range of opinions out there about Acts 29. Some think we are saving evangelicalism. Others think we are ushering in the downfall of western civilization. There are those encouraged by our churches. There are those who consider us to be juveniles and theology police.
While in my experience this sort of polarization exists with any organization, my hope is that we would be a people marked by a relentless pursuit of holiness and humility.
I pray that we would be men ferociously committed to loving God, men who gladly lay down any and all their liberties if it would serve the cause of Christ in greater ways, men who don’t seek conflict but aren’t afraid of it, and men who treasure Christ and the gospel above all.
I pray that we would be men ferociously committed to ...