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No Child-Family Left Behind

One of the challenges of this shift in community is bringing together the different cross-sections of people that naturally occur in a church as they reflect culture they’re in. Doing life together with young and old, hispanic and caucasian, affluent and impoverished, or single and married. Initially, one of the more challenging people groups to bring together are t...

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Anthem Is Planting A Church In India

On Sunday, December 16, 2012, we introduced our members to the church planters we are sending to an unreached people group in India. To protect their cover, we cannot divulge their identities or exact location. However, we can explain the whys, whos, wheres, and hows of this decision....

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What To Expect In 2013 At Anthem

Late in 2010, I was severly injured and left with painful nerve damage. Which resulted in all of 2011 being about learning how to live and minister in contstant pain. Very little change resulted in frustration leading to pastoral burnout over a year later. This all culminated early on in 2012 when the deicision to take an 11-week sabbatical was made by the pastors of the c...

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Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc. Latin for "after this, therefore because of this". It's a fallacy that assumes whatever event preceeded another, must have caused the succeeding event. We tend to live by this emphatically, as Christians. When we sin (fail), what must have caused this is the lack of effort on our part that preceeded it. It's an all too common misconception....

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The Coleman's Instagram Photostream

Though you won't be able to interact with us while we're away, we've set up this nifty photostream from the Coleman's Instagram feed. Check back here every couple of days or so to see the latest memories right as they're being captured while we're away......

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Recompense of the Lamb

It's been more than 15 years since I last attempted anything that even resembles poetry. However, my son Tyler has been in the hospital a lot recently due to a hard recovery from surgery. As I've watched him suffer in his fragile body, the Lord gave me a startling reminder that Tyler will be free from his imperfect prison one day. Jesus is the key to this promise for all o...

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Was Peter REALLY At Home On Saturday?

We are to live expectantly for Sunday no matter how dire the reality of Saturday may seem. We are to be Sunday people who reflect hope when things seem hopeless. We are to to be Sunday people who reflect light when all seems dark. Afterall, love demands it....

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NOT THE END: Saturday

Saturday in the apex of hopelessness and abandonment. It's when we ask "where are you, God"? "Not The End" takes us through the 3 days of Easter and allows us to connect with the human condition and the hope of a living savior....

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NOT THE END: Friday

Friday begins one of humanity's lowest points in history. It's when we think, "this is not how I thought it would end". "Not The End" takes us through the 3 days of Easter and allows us to connect with the human condition and the hope of a living savior....

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Real Questions for Real Marriage (3/18/12)

On Sunday, we answered another three questions submitted during the Real Marriage series. Below you will find our responses....

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A Few Tips for the Guys

Here are a few practical tips for husbands taken from the guys chapter on Real Marriage....

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Why So Serious?

What about loving God? What about respecting Jesus? Yes, Jesus said "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations," but the rest of Matthew 28 is often ignored or left out. We fail to highlight the means by which we are to this....

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How To Make 2012 Substantial

During this festival we call New Year, we experience mere shadows of reality. These shadows will never fully satisfy our soul because they lack the substance to do so. ...

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Is God An Alien?

I fail . . . a lot. This bodes poorly for someone so performance minded as myself. I am so often frustrated with myself, and if honest, with God for the pace at which He sanctifies me. That is, after more than a decade, shouldn't I be able to stop doing the things I hate! Why do I keep returning to the same patterns, to the same postures, to the same responses? Why do I ke...

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Let's Make Jesus Sexy?

Most of my experience has been with churches that were very clear on their need for relevance. This, admittedly, includes my own church. Even the many movements of the last two decades, seemed to voice this imperative. Their message was clear, from seeker sensitive to postmodern to emergent, we have heard the culture and are responding accordingly. This, however, makes an ...

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The Vanity Confession

Starting in January of 2011, we started a series entitled "Vanity". This was an expositional preaching series through the book of Ecclesiastes. Warren Wiersbe titled his commentary on the book "Be Satisfied". To aid us with that goal in mind, we concluded our series in confessional form. To do so, I highlighted the major themes in Ecclesiastes and our appropriate response ...

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Are You Slowing Your Church Down?

Our pace must be quick because our time is short. A quick pace is not indicative of carelessness or impatience, but rather an unwillingness to be an obstacle. Paul is clear. "...time has grown very short". His point is that we are to attend to the kinds of daily affairs that would be unimportant if Christ were returning within weeks or months. That our love for Jesus' miss...

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Illegitimate Reasons To Leave A Church

Leaving a church should not be considered lightly and the decision should be made carefully. Prayer, wise-counsel, and discernment are required to make this decision faithfully. Further, no one should ever leave a church without having sat-down with church-leadership in an effort to stay, first. ...

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GOD WINS. Heaven, Hell & Rob Bell

"Can centuries of creeds & confessions really be wrong?" "Did the early church fathers really miss the mark?" Now, creeds are not Scripture and Augustine is not Jesus. Regardless, shouldn't they be considered carefully as helpful guides in affirming doctrine? The issue of heaven and hell has all culminated with Rob Bell's release of "Love Wins." A book About Heaven, ...

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A Valentine's Day Poem

I've received a lot of requests for this. So here is the video from this weekend's service (2/13/11). Keep Reading

I Want To Give Up.

Ministry is hard. In fact, being a Christian is hard. That's not a new headline, however. As a Christian, I've had no shortage of trials. As a church planter, this truth is even more-so. I have to confess this Christmas season has been one of the hardest in recent memory. I have had moments when I have been unsure of my vision, unsure of those who are "with me", and unsure...

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The "verbally" inspired word of God?

What does ‘verbally inspired’ mean? Some confusion can exist because a common use of the word is to mean ‘oral’ (e.g. in a workplace you have verbal warning and a written warning). Usually when talking about the inspiration of the bible, we assume it means simply ‘textual’ and ‘written’....

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How To Tell If You're Too Busy.

Nearly ten million Americans worked more than sixty hours a week last year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics found. We’ve outpaced the famously productive Japanese in hours worked. We’re the only developed nation without mandatory vacation time. And, according to the Expedia.com’s annual vacation poll, one-third of us will take no vacation this ...

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What You Should Believe About Church Leadership.

I can't help but wonder who the first Senior Pastor in history was. I think I would like to go back into history and pick his brain. What was it about God's plan for the church that didn't work for him? Were things not moving fast enough for him? Did he have weak Elders incapable of leading? Was he nervous that the church would not move in the direction he thought best...

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Why Be A Church Member? Why A Formal Process? Why Not Just Go And Participate?

With Membership getting ready to launch in the next couple of months, it's important to keep in front of us why this is so important. I will be talking a lot about membership here over the next few weeks, as a result. I think John Piper sums this up much better than I could: Keep Reading

Christ Is Treasure

Christ is the Treasure - Desiring God from Charlie McDavid on Vimeo....

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Why Firing Our Lead Pastor Was So Important. (that's me)

Ministry has a host of challenges that we desperately want to see overcome. But is confidence in gifting and experience enough? Is it possible that everything we know about church organization is wrong? ...

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