Loving the Church

Loving the Church

Church
I was privileged to spend the last few days with about 150 other pastors and denominational leaders at the offices of the North American Mission Board in Alpharetta, GA. We were all there for the same purpose: to learn how to save, revitalize, and replant dead and dying churches. I met some really great men of God who have been shepherding congregations for years---some for decades. I was there because I love the Church. By that I don't just mean, "My church," I mean the Church as the Body of Christ---in all of her different forms and with all of her struggles. Over the years I've had friends who saw the Church differently than I. Some had no regard for her, others were disillusioned with her, and some just wanted…
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Verge Church > Icy Roads

Church
When I was a kid we never missed church. One Sunday our family of 8 slid off the road into a tree trying to make it to church and left our station wagon with an improved facade. Crazy I know, but that's just how I was raised. Well Sunday morning as I loaded up our suburban with the family and some supplies to head to our weekly gathering, I realized I had become my father. You see, we do this every week as a portable church. No kidding...we bring more stuff with us on an average Sunday than you'll take all year. But this week was different. Freezing rain and sleet had blanketed our area and the roads were coated with several inches of solid ice. Most of the churches…
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