This past year, Barna Group has spent a considerable amount of time studying the unchurched—those who have not attended church within the past six months. Much of that research is collected in the new Barna project Churchless , edited by David Kinnaman and George Barna. One of the most remarkable findings is that unchurched people are not always unbelievers—in fact,...
Author: David Kinnaman
Topic: Church and Culture
"Later, Jesus showed himself to his followers again—this time at Lake Galilee. This is how he showed himself: Some of the followers were together: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the two sons of Zebedee, and two other followers. Simon Peter said, “I am going out to fish.” The others said, “We will go with you. “So they went out and...
Author: Max Lucado
Why do we lie? Perhaps it is to make ourselves look better. Perhaps we lie for personal gain or to avoid negative consequences. Why shouldn't we lie? God hates it, and it enslaves us and robs us of our personal and spiritual freedom.
Speaker: Chris Brown
Scripture: Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 11:1, Proverbs 12:17-22, Proverbs 19:5, Proverbs 19:22-23
The face of religion across the United States has recently changed in five primary areas. These shifts were identified by a national survey conducted in three times over a 14-year period. The recently released findings covered congregations that are Protestant, Catholic and other traditions from Mormon to Jewish. The overall trends: 1. Size . Since 1998 (when the first...
Author: Warren Bird
I believed, at the ripe old age of eight, that Thanksgiving was a wash-a “teaser” holiday that prevented Grandma from shopping for my etch-a-sketch. We got one measly day off from school and playing pilgrims and Indians paled in significance to a classroom filled with Christmas holly, decked halls, and jolly teachers. At Thanksgiving, our only art project was dressing a...
Author: Julie Barrier
We completely underestimate the power of Jesus. What often happens when you hear the name “Jesus”? Is He namby-pamby or the God of the Universe? Pastor Francis Chan takes a tour through every chapter of Matthew to reveal the all-powerful, confrontive Christ who called men to fearlessly follow.
Speaker: Francis Chan
Topic: The Resurrection of Christ
A lot can happen in a year. In Genesis 18, God visits Abraham. While sitting at the entrance of his tent, Abraham notices three men standing before him by the oaks of Mamre. Abraham runs to them, bows down, and compels them to stay, referring to them as “Lord.” After providing a lavish meal for his visitors, a question arose, “Where is Sarah, your wife?” “She’s inside the...
Author: Lisa Bevere
Scripture: Genesis 18:9-12
SIX MAJOR PERCEPTIONS This Short explores the top six major perceptions revealed from our research and the most common points of skepticism and objections raised by outsiders. Those six major perceptions are as follows: 1. HYPOCRITICAL Outsiders consider us hypocritical — saying one thing and doing another — and they are skeptical of our morally...
Author: Gabe Lyons
The New Canaan Society's 2013 Conference features Francis Chan's message on "With Him: The Cost of Following Christ." Our commitment to Christ cannot be half hearted. We must read the Bible for ourselves and follow what it says no matter what the cost. Preached at New Canaan Society Conference , 2013. Used by permission of New Canaan Society.
Speaker: Francis Chan
Scripture: Haggai 1:9, Acts 4:31, Luke 14:25-34, Luke 18:18-23, Luke 19:8