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Re-Thinking Missional Children’s Ministry

Posted by nbarnes on August 28, 2009 in Church, Practical Advice on Faith |

I have been wrestling, as a pastor, and church leader, with some of the missional concepts and also with some of the questions that need to help us understand how we got here in the first place. As I’ve been reading, and talking with others on the missional journey, I have noticed a disturbing gap in the thinking and theorizing that’s been done so far. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of talk about what children’s ministry might look like in this missional paradigm. In fact, it seems to me that a lot of the churches that might be considered to be missional are actually undermining themselves in their children’s ministry.

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“Image”ine That

Posted by nbarnes on July 27, 2009 in Books and Reading, Church, God Thoughts |

The chair you’re sitting on has never gossiped about someone, or flipped someone off in traffic. It has never been jealous of other chairs, or lusted after someone that walked by. According to a lot of sermons I’ve heard over the years, the chair under your but right now is a better Christian than I am. Does that make sense?

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Right Focus

Posted by nbarnes on June 28, 2009 in Church |

“Focus on your product/message/service/etc. Don’t spend time talking about your competition or berating them. Focus on what you do well, and let your audience make their own comparisons.”

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Telescopes, Bibles and Mars

Posted by nbarnes on June 22, 2009 in Books and Reading, Church, God Thoughts |

What if our view of the bible is getting in the way of what the bible was supposed to be and do?  I tackle this question in my latest vlog. Watch my video diary on YouTube.

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The Accusing Jesus

Posted by nbarnes on February 6, 2009 in God Thoughts |

Quite honestly, I think that the grace of God far exceeds anything that we will ever comprehend this side of eternity. I think that the accusing Jesus I met in the recesses of my mind was nothing but a counterfeit. He wasn’t Christ.

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