Dear Evangelical Church in America, I wanted to briefly remind Christian leaders that the Apostle Paul either directly or indirectly shepherded churches in some of the most pagan cultures in the world! Rome, Athens, Corinth, and Ephesus (to name a few!) were NOT bastions of holiness that were readily receptive to the Gospel! (Rom. 1…(Read More)

  “…you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become…(Read More)

  Recently, I was reviewing a list of blogs that are part of my routine reading and I came across an essay written by Chase Davis, a friend and fellow pastor in the state of Colorado. Because he is a white man pastoring a rather homogeneous church in an equally homogeneous community, I was interested…(Read More)

  Throughout the Fall of 2011 I was in the midst of networking in preparation for the planting of The Embassy Church. During this process a pastor in my city invited me to a gathering that featured his mentor, a professor of Missiology at a large denominational seminary, as the keynote speaker. When we were…(Read More)

  In 2011 Rob Bell relished in the havoc that could be evoked only by a coy publication of his doctrinal views. He decided to address ideas regarding eternal judgment, specifically, the doctrine of hell. He concluded that the God of the Bible is incapable of condemning a divine image bearer to an eternal hell…(Read More)

  In light of the recent discussion regarding domestic violence we deemed it necessary to post an essay that reveals our heart on this matter. After much consideration we concluded that it is wise to have a trusted friend draft an essay that speaks to this issue. Her well-crafted, loving, and experienced language addresses…(Read More)

  In an attempt to nurture “diversity and integration” we have recognized the need to address preconceived notions regarding the Bible. Â One of the issues that must be addressed is what J. Daniel Hays refers to as “cultural pre-understanding.” Â We tend to read our cultural norms into the scriptures and, consequently, undermine…(Read More)

  The following is an excerpt from a paper that Pastor Brandon wrote in defense of cross-culturalism. Â His assertion is that Luke presupposed the integration of the Church while writing the Book of Acts. Â Acts 1:8, the programmatic verse of the book, clearly presents this agenda and the rest of the…(Read More)

Hospitality is characterized by creating space to welcome strangers and take care for their needs. For those who are in Christ, hospitality is not to be bought and sold; it’s to be given away freely (Matthew 25 and 2nd Kings 4). This is contrary to how hospitality is often framed for us when viewing…(Read More)

  LIVING ON THE HIGH PLACE The Embassy Church just completed a week that we refer to as “The Solemn Assembly.” During this week we commit to commune with God through the reading of God’s word, repentance, fasting, and prayer. Our objective was quite simple. If the church is going…(Read More)