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Why we won’t have live animals at this Sunday’s Christmas celebration

This Sunday we’ll gather for one combined gathering at 10:00am to celebrate the first coming of Jesus in his incarnation. Kids will all be in the gathering with the adults and it should be fun. One thing you won’t see are live animals. Here’s one reason why:

HT: Josh Reich

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North Point’s Christmas iBand

This video below is a wonderfully creative Christmas medley from North Point Community Church using only iTouches and iPads. Cool follow up to this from last year.

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Pray for Redemption Church

Below is a really well done video of Justin Anderson explaining the vision of Redemption Church, a new church being formed in the Valley as East Valley Bible Church and Praxis Church merge together. The leaders of EVBC and Praxis are good friends of mine who have shaped me and Second Mile in significant ways, and I am genuinely thrilled about the impact that this new work will have in our city.

What makes this especially unique is that almost all church mergers (like business mergers) happen in order to bail out a struggling congregation. But Redemption is the coming together of two healthy, large, financially sound churches for the sake of a bigger kingdom impact. That’s not something you see every day.

Pray for Redemption as they begin this new effort, as they work out key details, and as they go through this time of transition.


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Bootcamps, Baby Churches, and Boys Becoming Men

One of the great joys of my ministry has been participating in the Acts29 Network, a group of churches committed to planting gospel-centered, reformed, missional churches. This week I’m in Seattle for the Acts29 National Bootcamp, where over 500 men will come to be trained, assessed, and encouraged. My role will be to help assess potential church planters, as well as spend some good time with a few guys that I’m bringing along.

The theme for this conference comes from the new book by Darrin Patrick, Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission. I haven’t read the book in its entirety, but what I’ve read tells me that it would be worth reading for any man — not just church leaders. Click here for the table of contents and first chapter.

If you think of it, pray for me this week that I’d be helpful to these men who are ready to make some life-altering decisions related to their ministry, and pray that God would raise up a continual generation of men willing and gifted to plant churches and keep leading the mission.

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Perspective on What’s Important

Time is precious and life is short. When people know their days are numbered, there is a clarity and passion about what’s important. One of the best examples is this classic speech from the 1993 ESPYs by Jim Valvano.

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College Football Under Way!

Every Saturday is a Sabbath day for our family, and every fall is a kind of Sabbath season of watching college football. We start at 7am with College GameDay and then revel in the day we now call “Football Freakshow.” Tomorrow our Fighting Illini square off against rival Missouri. Should be fun!

To download a very cool nationwide college football schedule (the famous helmet schedule), click here.

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Heading to Atlanta

Yesterday after our worship gathering I boarded a plane where I’m spending a week at Reformed Theological Seminary Atlanta for an intensive course on Hebrews through Revelation that’s part of my Master’s degree program. While I’m there I get to spend some time with a number of family members who live there (including my uncle John who founded the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch). If you think of me, pray that I’ll be able to have a tender heart towards God’s word and learn a number of valuable things.

See you next week!