A Violent Love

This past weekend at Rancho Community, we had a guest missionary, Johnny Li, from China share with us. It was a moving time, hearing his heart and how he experiences “mission”. He talked about how “western” missionaries are viewed as the “father” to the Chinese church. And now the “child”…

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Incongruence

Church is made up of imperfect people. If you believe the Gospel, then you realize that those imperfections are covered by God’s grace. That’s the core message of the Bible, and of the church. At Church (and by “Church” I mean the evangelical, Christian, American Church), we say things like:…

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4D: Seeing the Bigger Picture

This is the series art for Rancho Community Church’s Fall 2011 series, “4D: Seeing the Bigger Picture”. Here’s the story. We read the book, “The Big Idea”, as a staff a few months ago. Unfortunately, we never finished it – we just felt is wasn’t quite a good fit for…

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Thoughts on Church & Creativity Part 1

I’ve been thinking a lot about “creativity” lately. It’s in my blood. It’s who I am. I mean, I’m not way out there (I don’t think), but I do love new ideas, solving problems, dreaming of how things should and could be better. The Church has a little bit of…

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Engage

Imagine a car where you’re stepping on the gas but going nowhere. What’s missing? If the engine is running but the transmission is not engaged, you’re not going anywhere… I had an epiphany the other day as a few emails hit my inbox. They were from members of our Worship…

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