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The Age of Exposure

The Age of Exposure

There are lots of ways one could characterize the time in which we are living. We could call our time the Age of Anxiety as people are fearful of threats posed by terrorism and global unrest. We could call our time the Age of Loneliness, as studies tell us that more and more people have no one in their lives with whom they can completely confide. But certainly, one accurate way to characterize ...

Five Reasons We Need People Who Are Different Than Us

Five Reasons We Need People Who Are Different Than Us

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable. 1 Corinthians 12:21-22 You’ve heard the expression “Birds of a feather flock together”. It is designed to communicate the basic truth that people who ...

The Most Neglected Spiritual Practice

The Most Neglected Spiritual Practice

What do you believe is the most neglected spiritual practice by Christians in our day?  Prayer? Bible reading? Fellowship? Worship? Fasting?   It is so easy for leaders in particular, but Christians in general, to be so busy working for God that we miss God in the work. The great temptation for Christians is to try to do something great for God, and in the process lose our ...

CONVERSATIONS THAT GET PERSONAL

CONVERSATIONS THAT GET PERSONAL

A few years ago, while riding on a rental car bus at the Dallas airport, I had a five-minute conversation with a woman. The bus was crowded, so as she climbed on the bus I got up to offer her my seat and help her stow her suitcase in the rack. As she took my seat and I stood in the aisle, I casually asked her where she was from and why she was visiting Dallas. She told me she had come from ...

What Did Our Survey Tell Us About Vineyard Columbus?

What Did Our Survey Tell Us About Vineyard Columbus?

Every two years, Vineyard Columbus takes a survey of our congregation. Our most recent survey was taken in April 2016. What did we discover about our church? We are becoming more racially diverse. I recently had a conversation with a sociologist at The Ohio State University. One of her fields of specialization is multi-racial churches. She told me that according to her study, what we are doing ...

How to Build a Multi-Generational Church

How to Build a Multi-Generational Church

I was talking to a young couple recently about the rising age of church planters in the Vineyard movement. Thirty years ago, the average Vineyard church planter was in their late 20s. Now, they are in their 40s. I made one of those off-handed Baby Boomer remarks to them: “It seems to me that lots of Millennials are afraid to push out of the nest! They just won’t strike out on their ...

God’s Timing is Perfect

I came to Christ at a Passover dinner when I was 18 years old. The Passover dinner was part of a fellowship meeting led by a man in his 50s named Don. Don had a very troubled past. He was an alcoholic.  He and his wife would frequently fight over Don’s abuse of alcohol. One night when he was severely depressed, he decided to kill himself by driving his car onto some railroad tracks in ...

How Should Christians Engage Politically?

How Should Christians Engage Politically?

In the upcoming election, the question that ought to be on the hearts of all Christian believers is, "How should I approach my voting decision?" About 25 years ago, Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon wrote a book provocatively titled, "Resident Aliens." "Resident Aliens"had to do with the way that we Christians understand our fundamental identity and our calling in contemporary America. The ...

Staying in Fellowship for a Lifetime (Not Just a Season)

Staying in Fellowship for a Lifetime (Not Just a Season)

This year Vineyard Columbus is engaged in an all-church campaign called The Good Life during the season of Lent. Our goal was to double the number of small groups here at Vineyard Columbus. By God’s grace, we were able to do that! Over 400 people signed up to host new groups designed for those who are in our church, but not presently attending a small group, and those who are outside our ...

Speak Up For Those Who Have No Voice

Speak Up For Those Who Have No Voice

Speak up for the people who have no voice, For the rights of all the down-and-outers   Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute! (Proverbs 31.8-9, The Message)   This text from Proverbs 31 is often cited by Christian pro-lifers in support of the lives of the unborn. And rightly so! But many pro-lifers have been deafeningly silent concerning the plight of ...

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