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Adult Americans have a real hard time making friends, at least that is what most recent research claims. There are reasons. Interpersonally speaking, our lifestyle choices have hemmed us in. The shift in America toward single-family housing, the total dependence on automobiles, and the seemingly endless amount of land we have to develop spreads us out and walls us in. While it all makes sense, it certainly has its downsides. This walling off of people from each other has significant social consequences. It is most likely one reason our cultural and political views are increasingly atomized. Many people only participate…

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You think back to that time often. Maybe it was a decade ago, maybe a generation ago, or maybe it was just a few years ago. It was an exciting time in the life of your church. The sanctuary was full on a Sunday morning, children were running around before the service. The choir sounded good, and the sermons were inspirational. Everyone knew it; your church was making a real difference. Most churches can point back to a time like this in their memory, and many churches want that back. It is no secret that many traditional churches in the…

Read More Church, Stop Measuring Yourself by Past Success

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Last week, I shared a simple method for using Google’s free services for neighborhood discovery. Today, I want to extend that idea to the next level. Many churches never consider mapping out their own membership, but they should. Our homes are staging grounds for the Great Commission. We talk a lot about hospitality today. There is no end lately to the blog posts and articles circulating the internet concerning the importance of hospitality in outreach and missions. I have several on this site. Hospitality is an important aspect of ministry that Western Christians often struggle to incorporate into their lives.…

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Immigration to the United States is not new. Missions to immigrant communities is not a new thing either, and I found a wonderful snippet about this very thing in an old issue of The American Missionary from 1884. Back in the 1850s, a large movement of Chinese peoples started arriving in the United States. They came to work in the gold mines on the west coast and perhaps to start careers in agriculture. Of course, this wave of Chinese immigration was met with cultural tension and discrimination. So much so that a Democrat-led coalition intent on closing American borders was…

Read More Taking the Gospel to Immigrants… in 1884

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