First Among Equals

We all are familiar with the legend of the boy Arthur who the wizard Merlin prophesized would be the one to pull the magical sword, Excalibur from the stone and become the king. You may even know the part where King Arthur and his knights of the round table set out in search of […]

You Choose: Faith or Fear

There are two different ways of dealing with just about everything in life, by faith or in fear. Faith is described in Hebrews 11:1,as being “certain of what we do not see.” It is an absolute belief that God is constantly working behind the scenes in every area of our lives, even when there […]

Dinosaurs to Rabbits: Chapter 03 – Introduction

The whole point of our Dinosaurs to Rabbits book is to help spur our colleagues in the Mainline Church to get serious about transforming the church into a multiplication monster (a good kind of monster!). But the heart of the matter is that in our experience, the Mainline Church has lost its heart for making disciples […]

A Declaration of Freedom from Decline

The United States of America is 242 years old.  That’s a long time for a nation to remain free. But, when you look at our history in the context of world history, America is just a child among the nations. Egypt, China, Japan and Greece all make America’s history seem so short. 242 years […]

Seminary and Ordination are Keeping U.S. Christianity from Thriving

Recently I’m running into a lot of writers who are asking the question “If we all serve the same God, why is Christianity growing all over the world except Europe and the U.S.?” I find that am important question. The problem is most of the answers I’m seeing deal with fringe issues and don’t […]

Dinosaurs to Rabbits: Chapter 02 Introduction

10 is Better than 1
I assume that all of us would agree that ten new Christians is better than one new Christian. Right? I think we would also all agree that ten times ten is even better than ten when it comes to the number of people our churches are reaching.  Right? And I’m […]

Dinosaurs to Rabbits: Chapter 01 Introduction

When I looked into pursuing a doctorate, I was intrigued with two things in my life:

Church Planting, and

Church Multiplication.

Globally, I realized, Christianity was doing very well. But in the West, and in particular in North America, it was struggling. Badly.

And so I signed up with the Northwest Graduate School in Seattle (now Bakke Graduate […]

Throw Off What Hinders Your Church

I was reading an article about Alexander the Great whose troops after many victorious battles looked like they were about to be defeated. His soldiers had taken so much plunder from their previous campaigns that they had become weighted down and were losing their effectiveness in combat.

Alexander commanded that all the spoils of war […]

Was Your Father’s Day Service Special?

Let’s face it, guys. Father’s Day is the Rodney Dangerfield of holidays. It’s the,“I get-no-respect” little brother to Mother’s Day. Interestingly, the American version of Father’s Day was first proposed in 1909 by a grateful daughter, Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, a Civil War veteran, singlehandedly raised six children after his wife died in […]