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On Scripture Meditation

In the circles in which I run, many folks seem nervous about meditation, mostly because they equate meditation with anti- or sub-Christian practices. This is understandable. A quick walk through the “Self Help” or “Religion” section at a Barnes and Noble will demonstrate that meditation is all the rage, regardless … Read More »

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How Can We Plant 1,000 Churches by 2050?

If you’re familiar with the Summit at all, you’ve heard our vision of planting 1,000 churches by 2050. When I first floated the number, it was a mix between a hunch (based on a round number) and a Spirit-led ambition, something in the line of William Carey’s “Expect great things … Read More »

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St. Patrick and the Great Commission

When most Americans think of St. Patrick’s Day, they probably either think of the legend of Patrick driving out all the snakes from Ireland or they think about all the drinking and partying that takes place on this day. This is likely just as true for Christians as for non-Christians. … Read More »

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Four Ways You Should Pray for Your Pastors

One of the greatest joys in my life is serving as pastor. But ministry can be both messy and exhausting. That’s why I am so thankful for the prayer warriors in our congregation. I truly believe that one of the main reasons the Summit has grown is simply that God … Read More »

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“As One Who Had Authority”: A Reminder to Theology Lovers

I am a theology lover. It all began the fall of my senior year of college, when I enrolled in a class titled History of Christian Thought. The class was an introductory historical theology course taught by the inimitable Doug Weaver. We read a fine survey of historical theology by … Read More »

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But in Multi-Site, I Don’t Know the Pastor

It has been nearly 10 years since The Summit Church moved to a multi-site strategy. We’ve learned a lot during that time, and continue to evaluate how this strategy is serving God, our people, and our community. One of the objections I hear a lot to our multi-site strategy is … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: Ideas Still Have Consequences

Readers of a certain age will no doubt remember the 1960s and 70s. Among many infelicities committed by American scholars and intellectuals in those decades was the demotion and near-dismissal of the study of intellectual history (the discipline which tells the history of major ideas and thinkers) from the American … Read More »

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Guest Post (Andrew Spencer): Review of Andy Davis’ “An Infinite Journey”

[Editor's Note: Today's guest blogger is Andrew Spencer. Andrew is a PhD Student in Christian Ethics at SEBTS.]  As David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell note in their recent book, How to Stay Christian in Seminary (Crossway, 2014), one of the hardest things in seminary is being a good Christian during … Read More »

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Four Ways to Win the Battle Against Busyness

I’m a busy person. I interact with busy people all the time. Chances are, you’re a busy person (which is why you’re not even reading this introduction…you’re already skimming my four points below). Busyness is just in the air in our society. Not many of us like it, but few … Read More »

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Guest Post (David Prince): Jesus is Not Colorblind: Celebrating Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Local Church

[Editor's Note: Every so often, we at Between the Times wish to share with our readers especially important thoughts. Such is the case today. This post is by David E. Prince, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church and Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern ... Read More »

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