Quotes from Passion 2013

This is the final post in the Passion 2013 series

Last week I had the blessing to take a group of college and career students from Harvard Avenue Baptist Church to the 2013 Passion Conference. The four-day conference, held in the Georgia Dome, featured speakers like  Beth Moore, Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, and John Piper in addition to worship led by Chris Tomlin, Kristian Standfill, Charlie Hall, Christy Nockles, Matt Redman, Jesus Culture, and David Crowder (plus a short concert by Lecrae). This year’s conference was attended by 60,000 18-25 year olds from all 50 states and 50 different countries. In addition, over $3 million was donated to end modern day slavery (CNN story) as a part of the End It Movement.  Read more of this post

In His Image Part 1: A Gospel-Defined Vision of Manhood and Womanhood

Husband & Wife Walk . . .  (to divorce court)

This blog post was adapted from a sermon that I gave at the Harvard Avenue Student Ministry youth group on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. It is the first of a two-message series about a Gospel-defined view of gender and relationships. To read part 2, click here.

The way that we interact with our brothers and sisters in Christ is a testimony to a life transformed by the gospel. The distinctions in our relationships flow from a desire to serve the needs of others and encourage them as they become more like Jesus. As God’s image-bearers , men and women have been created with unique roles that reflect the relationship between Jesus and his bride, the Church. The way we think about manhood and womanhood, singleness, dating, and marriage are rooted in true understanding of the very nature of God.  Read more of this post

Quotes from Passion 2012

This is the introductory post to the Passion 2012 series that will include quotes, sermon notes, and an overview from the 2012 Passion Conference in Atlanta, GA on January 2-5.

The 2012 Passion Conference was incredible! The four-day conference, held in the Georgia Dome, featured speakers like  Beth MooreLouie GiglioFrancis Chan, and John Piper in addition to worship led by Chris TomlinKristian StandfillCharlie Hall, and David Crowder Band. The conference was attended by 44,000 college students (and college ministry leaders) from all over the world. In addition, $3,066,670 were donated to end modern day slavery (CNN story) and 36,000 towels along with 156,000 pairs socks were donated for the homeless of Atlanta.

Passion wasn’t about the names or the numbers though, it was about uniting as believers to glorify the name of Jesus Christ. Over the next few days, I’ll post the notes that I took during the sermons. Today, I’ll start with some quotes from the speakers. I pray that they will challenge and encourage you and those you share them with. Read more of this post

Social Media and the Church

Social media is a big deal. In case you’ve been wandering in the Sinai Desert for forty years, you have probably heard of social media and probably have an account on at least one of the major social networking sites. Speaking of the Sinai Desert, imagine if the Israelites had Twitter accounts (“Still wandering in circles…getting tired of quail and manna. Wish there was a @TacoBell nearby… #ineedChacos) or, better yet, if Moses was on Foursquare (Moses just became the Mayor of Mount Sinai!).

Anyway, there are a vast multitude of applications for social media in almost every setting, even the local church. In fact, integrating social media into your church could be one of the smartest moves you make for spreading the Gospel, marketing the church, and promoting congregational growth and interaction. Though social media will never substitute for personal contact, discipleship, and evangelism, it is a very helpful tool in bolstering the effectiveness of the local church. It allows the church staff and members to extend the reach of the local body beyond the walls of the building (itself a tool in church ministry). Below are a few ways the different social networks can be used in the ministry of the local church, but first some recent statistics about the “Social Media Revolution:”

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