Evangelectionary for Sunday, March 26, 2017

Texts: I Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Theme:  God uses the things that are not, the nobodies, and invites them to be recipients  of God’s grace; guiding those who are willing to be led into an ever deeper understanding of who the Triune God is. Message: Among the abundance of this week’s […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday February 26 2017

Lectionary (Transfiguration Sunday): Exodus 24:12-88, Psalm 99, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-19 Theme: Do not be afraid. Rejoice in the power and hope of the transfigured one. Reflection: This Sunday serves as the transition from Epiphany to Lent.  We move from the mountain where Jesus preached his Sermon on the Mount, unpacking the Kingdom of […]

Evangelectionary for February 12, 2017

Texts:    Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; Matthew 5:21-37; I Corinthians 3:1-9 Theme:  “Two ways diverged in a wood, and I?”: which way are you going to choose? Message: All these texts present a choice — God/Jesus’ way or way of the flesh/not God. The one path leads to life the other to death. The choice […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday January 8, 2017

Lectionary Texts (Year A): Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 Focus Text: Matthew 3:13-17 (with support from Isaiah 42:1-9) Theme: The Transforming Servant Reflection: “Remember your baptism!” In many churches this Sunday, Martin Luther’s famous words will resonate in a special way, calling us to anchor ourselves in that initial moment of God’s public claim on our lives. But […]

When a Church Meets in a Factory

LifeQuest Church (RCA) meets in the Integrated Fabric Resource (IFR) factory in Zeeland, Michigan. And the unconventional location isn’t the only unusual thing about the church’s arrangement with IFR. When LifeQuest asked the company president about moving into his building, he came back to them with a request of his own. “His comment was that […]

The Power of Yes!

originally published at EffectiveChurch.com It always amazes me how much talk a church can do and still accomplish nothing. Sure, sometimes the discussion gets to yes, but far too often the NO comes about because too much time has passed. Too much talk and not enough do. I suppose that’s why the book Action Trumps Everything by Len […]

The New Evangelism, Revisited

||This article was originally posted at LandonWhitsitt.com and reprinted here with the author’s permission.|| Last January, I offered a few thoughts on what a “New Evangelism” might look like. In that post, I cribbed the ideas from a documentary I had watched aboutinfluencers, asking if the church could reframe its thinking on evangelism in light of […]