Category Archives: Church life

America’s fastest growing church to feed 5,500 unemployed families at Christmastime

The people of 12 Stone Church in Gwinnett County, Georgia, north of Atlanta, responded in miraculous ways to Pastor Kevin Myers’ holiday challenge to express their faith through generosity, with the miracle of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 as their … Continue reading

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Still thinking about Thanksgiving, which is better than Earth Day

I don’t want Thanksgiving Day to get too small in the rear view mirror before pointing out a terrific post by my friend and colleague Rusty Pritchard, on the Flourish Blog.  He draws a parallel, or really establishes a clear distinction, … Continue reading

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The Weekend Reading: Will SF ban circumcision?, too much tube time damaging kids’ brains, Gettysburg address, Christmas meaning

Group Calls on San Francisco to ban circumcision: I thought this was a joke. It’s true (but it’s still a joke) (CNN) — In the California city that banned Happy Meal toys,outlawed sitting on sidewalks during daylight hours and fined … Continue reading

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The Candy Shop: A film from Street GRACE, Whitestone Pictures and 12 Stone Church to battle the abomination of child sex trafficking

Imagine the day and place where children were abducted from their homes or sold by their relatives into virtual slavery, forced into lives of daily sexual submission, feeding an industry of human chattel and the objects of carnal lust by … Continue reading

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The Role of Faith in Saving the World from Infertility

I come from a deeply religious family with strong Christian commitments and a trans-generational routine of participating in church activities at least twice a week. My parents have seen their offspring continue in their evangelical Christian faith, as well as … Continue reading

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Are Conservatives Selfish People?

A Facebook friend of mine, who is a proud member of the East coast liberal elite and works at a New York publishing house, made this comment as he commiserated with his progressive friends: “We [progressives] like institutions that help … Continue reading

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Gospel tweets: Do sentences change people?

Coral Ridge’s Tullian Tchividjian resisting Twitter because he thought it was superficial.  Persuading by his staff, he’s found it to be a mission tool. He writes: I love words. I love turns of phrases. I think in sentences. I once heard … Continue reading

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The Fastest Growing Church in America

Just learned that our church, 12 Stone in Lawrenceville, Georgia (with other north Atlanta campuses) is the fastest growing church in America, as reported by Outreach magazine in their annual survey.  12 Stone, the largest Wesleyan church in the country, … Continue reading

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Flourish Magazine, Summer 2010 edition: deep reading on creation care and the flourishing life

A great edition of Flourish magazine navigating what Managing Editor Kendra Langdon Juskus calls  “the line between daily, domestic life and the global dimensions of history and humanity.” The summer edition includes the following articles:  Sprawling from Sea to Shining Sea: … Continue reading

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Small groups are an antidote to megachurch superficiality. Ours begins tonight.

We begin tonight the Fall 2010 small group Bible study in our home, the fifth year Debbie and I have led a group. We are beginning our study of “Profiles in Courage,” starting this semester with the book of Daniel.  One distinctive of our group study … Continue reading

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