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Free BBQ and Ice Cream!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Summer is that close! Almost here! Now is a great time, then, to think about deepening your connection with your neighbors. You are an ambassador for Christ, strategically placed in your neighborhood to love your neighbor as yourself. Your fellow church family members have been...

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Tags: love, neighbor, bbq, ice cream, neighboring

The Messenger and the Message

Posted by Colby Kinser on

This Friday and Saturday, I will be judging the Midwest Region Great Communicators Debate tournament. It's a unique debate format, which I'm very excited about. There are several kinds of debate styles that are common in high school tournaments: Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public...

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Tags: debate, message, messenger, witness

The Evangelism of Creation

Posted by Colby Kinser on

There is a wealth of ideas on how to share your faith, how to engage people in spiritual conversations, and how to present the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many are great - but some, not so much. But there's no one right, best way. It's helpful to know several ways, and especially helpful to be...

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Tags: creation, dei, discipleship, evangelism, missio

Simpler, but More Effective

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Every year, PastorServe hosts a pastor appreciation breakfast for the KC Metro area. PastorServe exists to support and edify pastors, and thereby strengthen the church. Their primary ministry is to provide coaching for pastors. At these breakfasts, we usually get a bag of books or other helpful...

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Tags: colquitt, testimony, pastorserve

New Eyes for the City

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Sunday through Tuesday of this week I was in Wichita for the EFCA Midwest District annual conference. I've driven through Wichita on my way to and from Oklahoma and Texas a number of times, but I had never spent any time in the city. My friend Abdel, who spoke at our church in September and who...

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Tags: neighborhood

The Toll of Loss

Posted by Colby Kinser on

In the last 6 months, I have been affected 8 times by death. Four of those involved hospice. My father passed away after a series of ailments put him under in-home hospice care. A close family friend (to whom we had just given my dad's lift chair) committed suicide. Most of us know Chris, even...

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Tags: death, faith

Don't Forget the Most Important Question

Posted by Colby Kinser on

There's a young man that I've been discipling for over a year, now - not someone who is a part of our church family. We've gone through a few books together and are now walking through the Gospel of John. We simply read the next section, make observations, ask questions, and talk about how it...

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Tags: god, identity, jesus, jesús, son

Cartoon ... but who is the joke on?

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A pastor friend posted this cartoon recently: Of course, the point is a little pastoral revenge for the microscope some pastors find themselves under. (Not every pastor has a perfectly gracious congregation like I do!) But as I gave the cartoon a second thought, I realized that unintentionally...

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Tags: bible, literacy, ministry, pastor, word

Fishers of Men Are Sent

Posted by Cliff Coss on

A commission is an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or a group of people. For example, my brother, who is a sculptor, is commissioned to create a work of art made from a tree trunk using only chainsaws as his carving implements. When a customer commissions him to execute a...

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Tags: dei, discipleship, evangelism, fishers, missio, mission, sent

Boldness: An Aspect for Fishing for People

Posted by Cliff Coss on

The dictionary defines “boldness” as the willingness to take risks with confidence and courage. This word describes the way the Apostles declared Christ’s message of redemption after Pentecost. It first appears in the Apostles immediately after Pentecost and spread to...

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Tags: bold, boldness, discipleship, evangelism, fisher, mission

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