By Eric Wenger | February 1, 2018
“Stirring things up” is a phrase that brings back memories for me. I immediately think of the time that a friend and I decided it would be fun to mess with an underground bee nest. . .Read More
By Peter Meier | January 15, 2018
For several years now, I have presented the case for urgency in church planting using the “declining church” narrative. You know it; it goes like this: The church is in decline. Numbers are down. People are more and more disconnected from church. . .
(read more to discover the new church planting narrative)
By Peter Meier | December 20, 2017
I enjoyed breakfast with Ed Stetzer in November.
The Center for United States Missions is a member of Ed’s Church Planting Leadership Fellowship, a group of 70 or 80 church planting leaders, who gather several times a year to learn together and to stay on top of what’s happening in the church planting world. One morning, Ed invited leaders of national groups for breakfast. Ed sat with us, engaging in conversation. . .Read More
By Peter Meier | October 15, 2017
These days much is rightly made of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. God used Martin Luther as His servant to reform the church and restore the Gospel to its rightful place. As we celebrate and praise God for the good works of Dr. Martin Luther, it’s also good and right for us to ask ourselves a serious question:
What sort of reforming work needs to take place among us today?Read More
By Eric Wenger | October 1, 2017
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5, NIV).
That Word from God has been at work in my life for over a month now. I was in Austin, Texas late in August to help lead a Coach Refresher Workshop and Mission Coach Certification Training when I heard Proverbs 20:5. The timing for my life was truly a gift from God.
Allow me to give you some context. . .Read More
By Peter Meier | September 15, 2017
On a recent trip, we found ourselves behind one of those long lines of Army vehicles – a convoy!
My normal reaction is to get impatient. Convoys tend to slow down traffic, and I really don’t like to go slower than necessary.
This time, however, my wife’s comment focused my attention in another direction, “It’s like a mighty army, deployed on God’s mission.”
Hmmmm . . .Read More
By Peter Meier | September 1, 2017
Labor Day! How do you observe this holiday?
- As the unofficial end of summer, taking advantage of an extra day to play and picnic?
- As an extra day to get some needed work done around the house?
- As an opportunity to consider the contributions workers have made to the strength and prosperity of our nation?
- As a “free day” to just sleep in and relax?