Here’s the video we’re using to recruit GROW group leaders for the summer and fall semesters. Have no idea what GROW groups are? Check this post out to get more info.

At the moment we’re trying to recruit student leaders for the fall semester before they finish this present semester.

So what do you think?

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My friend, Anthony WagenerSmith, recently launched a church plant called LifeSpring Adventist Church, and I’d like to show you something he’s using.

It’s a giving envelope and a response card in one. At PMC we use separate response cards, but I think this is a very interesting idea.

Notice how they’re essentially communicating a theology about giving: giving our lives and giving our resources.

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Come close.

You need to hear this.

If you’ve ever struggled with sin and addiction then you need to pay attention and listen:

God can give you the victory over your particular sin.

This is a controversial statement, I know. I’ve met with people who are convinced that they’ll always be in bondage to some particular vice or sin. Some have struggled deeply and fallen repeatedly, and so they think it’s something that they’ll always deal with.

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Today I’m starting a new series here called What You Might Have Missed From the Interwebs. I like to read, and I follow quite a few different people on Twitter, which means I’m exposed to a decent amount of stuff per week. I don’t have the time to create a blog post for each one, not to mention that I wouldn’t want to flood your in boxes, so I’ve decided that once a week I’ll try to do one blog post that includes several links with a really brief description.

So here is edition #1:

1. Barna Update | State of the Bible: 6 Trends for 2014.

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One of my favorite songs these days.

What’s one of yours?

Fight Church: Movie

Rodlie Ortiz —  April 8, 2014 — 6 Comments

Should Christians be involved in Mixed Martial Arts? What about pastors?

There’s a new documentary called Fight Church which highlights the question.

You can see the preview here:

So what do you think? Yay or nay? (To leave a comment click here.)

Every year Church Relevance puts out this list. Why should it matter to you? I think it’s interesting because it reveals changing trends in the Christian world.

Here are a few that stood out to me:

#16: Nadia Bolz-Weber. She’s a Lutheran pastor that looks like a punk rocker.

#18: Stuff Christians Like. Because funny is popular.

What I also found interesting is that a large number of these are not blogs related to organizations, but individuals.

Check out the full list here.

I’ve been on a journey with God for about 15 years now. During that time, I’ve experimented with just about every method there is out there for spending time with God and have discovered that there are essentially three steps to a devotional process.

1. Read

Spending time with God involves intentional time in God’s word. There is the temptation, at times, to spend most of the time in devotional literature. So, for example, someone might read an entry from My Utmost For His Highest and call it a day. That may be ok and enough for some people, but I’m convinced that spiritual leaders have to go deeper. They have to spend more time in the Bible than just a few minutes.

By the way, through the process I’m outlining here, I’ve found that my time with God has increased.

I begin this process by reading 4-5 chapters of the Bible a day.

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This past October PMC hosted a non-traditional evangelistic series called This Is My Church?  Yes, with a question mark. The speaker was Pastor David Asscherick. The goal of the series was to connect with and reach the crowd on the campus of Andrews University that is cynical and disconnected towards church. So the title is from their perspective.

I’ve had a few requests regarding putting up the resources on here, so in as much as it might help to fuel some creativity for other people, here they are:

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The Minimum Bible

Rodlie Ortiz —  March 10, 2014 — 2 Comments

What would the Bible look like if each book were reduced to just one image?

Joseph Novak, a Presbyterian pastor and graphic designer, has attempted to do just that.

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