This is the latest addition to our Pastor's and Leadership Institute Blog from Andrew Roberts, a newly saved brother who God has radically grabbed ahold of and who joined PLI to grow in the Word and to grow in his ability to share God's Word and His Good News to those who are in need of the Gospel. This entry is a practice of our bible interpretation skills that they are ...Keep Reading
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We take a look at our church's role in Christian education. It is an area that often has more questions than answers, so rather than looking at the macro, I will leave that to the "experts" while I try to share a non-experts thoughts on an important matter. ...
As we get closer each day to our new church plant, we want to use every means possible to help people be as informed and as prayerful as possible as we embark on this new mission. For many, the idea of planting churches is a new concept. Others have perhaps heard about it but never participated and have questions. Others may question the model, things like: "what do you mean by campus?". or "why plant so close to the existing church", or "why not focus our efforts on growing the church that we already have rather than reproducing so quickly?". This series of blogs, video blogs, teachings from the pulpit and prayer meetings will be aimed at creating a dialog and helping us to embark on this journey as a called, prayerful, prepared and informed people. If all of your questions are not answered in each post, that is kind of by design. Each entry is aimed at taking a look at one discussion point and fleshing it out enough to help answer questions and promote future dialog. ...
Recently on a NPR special, they were taking calls concerning the realization that the “American Dream” isn’t as readily available for my generation (those born in the 1980s to now) as in past generations. It’s too expensive, good paying jobs are harder to come by, and college is becoming essentially unaffordable for the average American. The question posed was this: “How can we fix this, or can we fix it? - Call us with your answers and ideas.”...
I have done my best to take a look at the issue of "chronic pain" through first and third person lenses. I am my no means an expert on the topic. Nor do I claim to always be victorious in the struggle. These thoughts are my own. That being said, I believe they are in line with what I read in God's Inspired and Holy Word. ...
Paul and the Apostles understood this commission of Christ as a call to plant churches. He would travel to major urban cities with regional influences, plant a church, and then move on to the next city. People traveling to and fro from these cities would carry the Christian message to the outer limits and small towns outside the city, and thus more churches were planted. In this way, the Gospel traveled from "Jerusalem, to Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8)....
This morning I watched Johnny Cash’s last music video of his career. It was a cover of a Nine Inch Nail’s song called “Hurt.” The video itself is one of the most powerful music videos you can find. As an old man, and after the death of his wife, the song became a ballad of a life full of pain and regret. Flashes of Jesus and His Passion appears on t...Keep Reading
Anyone ever wonder what the deal is with Lent? It is a topic that people approach with many different thoughts. Some celebrate it yearly as part of their devotional rhythms. Some have less than fond memories of past religiosity. Is Lent something that is worth looking into, or is it one of those "tradition things" that has lost its value along the way? ...Keep Reading
As part of their education, we are beginning to have our PLI Students write for the Remedy Blog Site, and share their devotional writing with their PLI brothers. This is an awesome blog entry from Gregory Andrus, a second semester PLI student, on the Glory of God revealed in Jesus...Keep Reading
After many years of ignoring my teeth, I have had to get some dental work done. As I have thought about all that led up to my teeth getting to where they have gotten, I was amazed at the parallels to the Christian life...Keep Reading
We are a church plant that is focused on planting churches. In fact, our mission is simply stated, "To make disciples and plant churches". So why is church planting so important? ...Keep Reading
This is a great Psalm to look at to see where our attention and focus has been. The writer encourages us to take our eyes off of the low things and set them on things above. ...Keep Reading
This comes from a lecture we are doing with our PLI class, a lecture on hermeneutics and bible study methods ...Keep Reading
This morning, we celebrate the ordinance of baptism, and in doing so, sometimes its good to get a little nostalgic. ...Keep Reading
This is an excerpt from Bonhoeffer's book, "Life Together." I haven't read anything outside of Scripture so profound in quite a while. I pray that you will be as enriched as I was upoon reading these words, and that we all can learn to give thanks for the little things in life. "In the Christian community, thankfulness is just what it is anywhere else in the Christian lif...Keep Reading