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The 3 Marks of a Contagious Church

One of my favorite passages in Scripture is 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10. In these verses, the Apostle Paul gives us a glimpse into the life a church that he is especially thankful for. In describing what it is that he appreciates about this church, Paul has provided us with an ecclesial pattern worthy of imitation. In […]

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The Biblical Key to Learning 

The Hebrew word translated “teach” is the verb shanan which means “say again” or “repeat.” Moses is telling the parents of the Israelite children that they need to “repeat” the words of the Torah in many different contexts and situations—when sitting, when walking, when lying down and when rising up. What I learned from this text is that repetition with variety is the key to learning. In other words, people will learn best when their lessons are repeated.

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Contextualization Is Not Optional

Contextualization is not optional. Hear me, working to contextualize what you’re doing is not just mere pragmatism – “how to get stuff done” and “be more effective” (though those things are important). It is about loving people. A church that does not seek to contextualize itself, its ministries, the gospel message, and every other avenue of communication inevitably creates more barriers than bridges for the advancement of the gospel in our communities.