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What Produces Joy?

December 22, 2018

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April 13, 2019

In his book "Set Free" Dr. Jack Cottrell addresses a very important issue, assurance of salvation.  He brings up the point that "one of the most important aspects of the Christian life, one that God has promised and that every Christian should possess, seems to be missing in the lives of many."  In fact, some of the greatest fears of religious people are death and the final judgement.  I find it very significant that some of t...

December 22, 2018

​Perhaps more than any other time of year, Christmas is the time when we think about joy. Whether it is while we sing "Joy to the World", or hear the scriptures declare that the coming of Jesus is "good news of great joy", the possibility and expectation of joy during this time of year is frequently before us.  Many of us also expect to experience joy from extra time with friends and family.  Why is it that these expectations...

June 21, 2018

The following article is by Todd Dildine.  Todd is a Pastor of a neighborhood church in Chicago and is passionate about helping the church navigate the challenges of post-Christendom.  In this article he uses the instruments of social science to address the declining attendance rate in the American church and what to do about it!  This article is the fourth and last in this series.  I personally believe that this article is th...

June 10, 2018

The following article is by Todd Dildine.  Todd is a Pastor of a neighborhood church in Chicago and is passionate about helping the church navigate the challenges of post-Christendom.  In this article he uses the instruments of social science to address the declining attendance rate in the American church and what to do about it!  This article is the third of  a four part series.  

- John Porter

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May 30, 2018

The following article is by Todd Dildine.  Todd is a Pastor of a neighborhood church in Chicago and is passionate about helping the church navigate the challenges of post-Christendom.  In this article he uses the instruments of social science to address the declining attendance rate in the American church and what to do about it!  This article is the second of  a four part series.  

- John Porter

First,...

May 22, 2018

The following article is by Todd Dildine.  Todd is a Pastor of a neighborhood church in Chicago and is passionate about helping the church navigate the challenges of post-Christendom.  In this article he uses the instruments of social science to address the declining attendance rate in the American church and what to do about it!  This article is the first of a 4 part series by Todd that I will be posting over the next several...

January 30, 2018

The crowd cheered as water gushed from the rock Moses had just struck.  Up until this moment, they had been complaining and were even regretting their decision to leave Egypt.  From an earthly point of view, as soon as the water began to flow, all was well.  By all apparent metrics, this event was a huge success.  Moses was able to provide what the people desperately needed-water.  What looked like success from the earth, howe...

October 17, 2017

One of the television shows I remember most from my youth was "The Waltons." This series lasted for 10 years from 1971-1981and was about a bygone era in which a family composed of multiple generations living in close proximity is on full display.  Navigating the challenges of living through the depression and WWII, the Walton family beautifully illustrates the importance and power of extended family. This was a time in our cou...

Francis Chan, a bestselling author who heads We Are Church, speaks to Facebook employees in California, June 22, 2017.

Francis Chan has been very inspirational to me.  Going against popular opinion, he made the difficult decision to leave his post leading a Megachurch to begin a house church movement.  It is refreshing to see someone do something "crazy" that they believe the Spirit was telling them to do.  Our current religiou...