How to Read like a Theologian

I read a lot of books. Let me be specific, I read a lot of theological books. I don’t read to make myself look smarter than I am or in an attempt to impress anyone else. I read theology for me. I read theology because I need it. I’m a flawed human being who needs to constantly be growing in the grace and knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ...

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What's the Difference Between a Bad Teacher and a False Teacher?

Have you ever been listening to a sermon and thought, “Wow, this is bad?” Maybe it’s just the sermon overall, or perhaps it’s a specific statement the preacher makes that sets off your theology alarm and you know he’s wrong. I think we’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s tempting to just label the teacher a false teacher and move on...

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Book Review - On the Block by Doug Logan

Everyone loves to talk about being missional but few can really describe what it means to be missional beyond being evangelistic. Doug Logan has written the book on missional engagement. On the Black is a must read for any church planter or urban ministry pastor...

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Who Rules the Local Church?

Every church is different. There are different ministries, styles, and of course different people. There also different leadership structures in seemingly every church. Some churches are ruled by the pastors. Some are ruled by the deacon board. And some are ruled by a board of congregants. So which way is best?...

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3 Reasons to Plant Churches

We live in an age of extremes. If you like cake that must mean you vehemently despise pie.  If you enjoy writing with pencil then you must hate pens. If you are an Apple fanboy (as I am) then you must think all Windows machines belong in the garbage. Ok, maybe that last one is true, but I think you get my point...

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The Road Ahead

I know that many have been wondering what is going on with me and my family, so I thought I'd kick off the new website with a post about what we're pursuing in 2018 and beyond.

Before I can do that I have to tell you a story about a guy who liked a girl and her hometown too...

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You Missed The Point of the Great Commission

The Great Commission is perhaps the most important directional passages in the entirety of Scripture. Imagine what’s happening at the time of Jesus giving the Great Commission. Jesus is about to ascend into Heaven and He gives his last words to his disciples (along with Acts 1). Think about your loved ones giving you their last words, would these be important to you?...

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Women in Ministry

The Word of God can sometimes be confusing on certain subjects. Just do a study through the book of Revelation and you’ll see what I mean. Yet, the overwhelming amount of Scripture is clear and understandable on just a simple reading. One of the most clear passages in the Bible is I Timothy 2:9-15...

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What Music Is Most Glorifying to God?

The point of congregational worship is not so the band or music leader sings for the church, it’s about all of the people of God singing together in worship to a Holy God who deserves all of our adoration. If the music style gets in the way of that then it’s time to rethink the style...

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Are You Ready for Christmas?

This coming Sunday is the beginning of Advent. It’s the season we anticipate the birth of our Lord and Savior and look forward to His return and reign. This is a big deal, yet often we get so distracted with the physical needs of the Christmas season. We focus on making sure that the decorations are up, presents are purchased, and all the traditions are kept. Is this what Christmas is truly about?...

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Dean Lentini
What Should the Church Learn from #ChurchToo?

If you pay any attention to culture, then you are aware of the insane amount of horrific stories of sexual abuse by famous and powerful individuals. These individuals have been prominent actors like Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. to executives like Harvey Weinstein and most recently Pixar’s John Lasseter...

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Dean Lentini
The Syndrome Effect

“There are many ways to God.” All of us have been told this at some point over the last few years. While it has been an increasingly popular response from culture, it is becoming more and more prevalent with those who would claim to be Evangelical. One must ask the question, where did this concept come from? The answer is multi-faceted, but I believe one of the main culprits resides in the inclusivity of our society...

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Dean Lentini
Proof For God: The Law of Causality

Logic is one of the most valuable tools that man has in order to understand his place in the grand scope of the vast universe. Logic sheds light on how man was created, its purpose, and where man is supposed to go. Logic is ruled by reasonable laws, one of which is the law of causality. This law of causality simply states that every effect must have a preceding cause. As man looks around there are many effects in the universe. The mountain range is an effect, the stars are an effect, grass, trees, animals, even man’s own existence is an effect. One must ponder then based on the law of causality, what is the cause of all of these effects?...

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Dean Lentini
Why is Sunday So Important?

This past Sunday, I read a paragraph from Joe Thorn’s The Life of the Church at the beginning of our service. It reads, “Corporate worship is one of the primary means by which disciples are made. It is not a show to observe, nor an event to attend. It is the centerpiece of the Christian life where...

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Dean Lentini
What is a Christian to Do in the Face of Tragedy

It seems that every week there is another tragedy. Whether it’s a storm that leaves people without food or shelter, some sort of terrorist attack, or a mad man on a killing spree, it happens every week now. Many Christians do not know how to respond when these things happen...

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Dean Lentini
5 Tips for Doing Family Devotions

The most important thing a Christian parent can do for their child is to show them their need for Jesus. There are many different ways to do this, but one of the main ways to help your children understand the Gospel is through some form of family devotions. Now, this too can take many different forms...

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Dean Lentini