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Invitation vs. Challenge

March 23, 2012 — 4 Comments
I've been thinking a lot about encouragement and rebuke. As I progress more in the missional community I'm a part of, here in Chorrillos, Peru, I'm learning more and more about different ways of training disciples and growing the Body of Christ.  We use a lot of methods put out by Mike Breen1, One of the phrases I've caught onto very fast is "invitation vs. challenge." Meaning, how you encourage and invite people and [Continue reading...]
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The following is a short excerpt which has been expounded on as a chapter in my new book, 9 Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues. -- Steve --------------------------- And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?  Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak [Continue reading...]
If you read my last blog post about making sure to thank your supporters, then you may leave with the impression that's the exclusive way I support myself--through donations. Well, not the case. I supplement it with some online freelancing I do. I consider myself one of many missional entrepreneurs. I've been thinking about this stuff ever since I read a recent post by Doug Paul called Why It's Not Bi-Vocational vs. Fulltime Ministry and it has helped encourage me a lot. I also recently wrote [Continue reading...]
I wrote a post several months ago about The Church, Change and Adapting, and you could consider my thoughts today a follow up, as I have recently read several more examples of the very point I was making in that post about how many companies don't adapt to changing technologies, when their old business model is threatened, when there is money to be made in adapting and changing with the new trends in how people are using various products. I first wrote about this in my post Are Bookstore Closures [Continue reading...]
If you're wondering what the title is all about, let me tell you about my other site, Fire Press.  Yesterday I published a guest post by fellow revival grad and blogger, Joshua Burton.  We only know each other through the internet, and social media, but have a lot in common.  As he mentions in the beginning of the post, an ex-professor of ours at FIRE School of Ministry had posted a Facebook note about how he'd heard of some church worship music leaders getting drunk and dropping F-bombs.  I [Continue reading...]
In my previous post I decided to leave out the whole battle of words between Google+ and Twitter, and focus on it for a moment in just a quick OP-ED of my own in a separate post. First, on Tuesday Google+ changed the Internet, and its competitors specifically Twitter called it "a bad day for the internet".  Of course they did.  They have the most to lose from the move. In a statement, Twitter complained that, “people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users would suffer from [Continue reading...]