Monday, August 18, 2014

NxtGen Journal

We're up and moving!

Check out this great / honest post by Wayne Rice on launching and leading generational ministry at his church in San Diego.

Very interesting perspective!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Announcing NxtGen Journal

Next week NxtGen Journal will officially launch.

Over the last months I've been pretty inconsistent (ok, consistently non existent) writing here.

NxtGen Journal will include myself and other practitioners in younger generation ministry.  I'll write about 2/3 of the time and other people much smarter than me will fill in the gaps.  We'll be posting at least 1 time a week.

As always our hope will be to provide fresh, authentic content written from the perspective of common strugglers.  The focus will be on the value of thinking through next generation ministry from a holistic approach.

98% of the content will be new with a few key posts being transferred from here.  Content on Inrepair will continue to live here.

To learn more you can check out and join the conversation.  You can also follow us at @nxtgenjournal on twitter.

We hope to have great collaboration and learning as we seek to lead the next generation well.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Ragamuffin Thought

“The church is not a museum for saints but a hospital for sinners”

The Good News means we can stop lying to ourselves.  The sweet sound of amazing grace saves us from the necessity of self-deception.  It keeps us from denying that though Christ was victorious, the battle with lust, greed and pride still rages within us.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Remember That New Year Resolution?

How's that going for you?

Well, if you're not struggling you will, especially if your focus and heart for 2014 is spiritual in nature.

Jonathan Edwards is well known for may writings but there's one list that stands above the rest.  He created a list of 70, yes 70 resolutions.  His heart and passion to live for the glory of God was greater than I can imagine which came out in this list.

Edward's desire to keep this list wasn't out of human effort or ego but out of a humble Christ dependent desire to live for God.  His statement at the beginning of the resolutions makes this clear.

Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him, by his grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.

You can find all 70 resolutions here.

Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

But as you would might imagine, like us, he struggled to keep his resolutions. (well, there were 70)

It seemed yesterday, the day before, and Saturday, that I should always retain the same resolutions to the same height. But alas! how soon do I decay! O how weak, how infirm, how unable to do anything of myself! What a poor inconsistent being! What a miserable wretch, without the assistance of the Spirit of God! While I stand, I am ready to think that I stand by my own strength, and upon my own legs; and I am ready to triumph over my spiritual enemies, as if it were I myself that caused them to flee: — when alas! I am but a poor infant, upheld by Jesus Christ; who holds me up, and gives me liberty to smile to see my enemies flee, when he drives them before me. And so I laugh, as though I myself did it, when it is only Jesus Christ leads me along, and fights himself against my enemies. And now the Lord has a little left me, how weak do I find myself! O let it teach me to depend less on myself, to be more humble, and to give more of the praise of my ability to Jesus Christ! (January 15, 1722)

"What a poor inconsistent being!"

I'm super thankful for God's grace freely given.  You?

Now, maybe I can start over...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I Dare You…

My pastor in Atlanta would always say, "attempt something so great for God that it's doomed to failure unless God be in it".

I'm both inspired and afraid of that statement.  Here's the beauty, when God leads he provides the power and receives the recognition.  I'm ok with that.

So in 2014 I resolve to dream bigger, pray more passionately, collaborate with others and step out in faith.  I long to seek the heart of God and recklessly obey where he leads, for His glory. 

Will you join me?

I dare you.