William Lane Craig on God's existence and "apathy-ism"

On December 4th, world-class apologist and research professor, William Lane Craig (WLC) appeared on Fox News to discuss his latest book, A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on Christianity, God and the Bible. You can access more of WLC's articles, debates, and books at Reasonable FaithI previously posted their latest, and very well done, clip on the cosmological argument hereIn this interview he offers a very brief snapshot of why it is important for followers of Jesus to have answers for why we believe what we do, along with his five primary arguments for the existence of God.

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Gospel of Mark sermon series trailer

Yesterday, we began a new sermon series through the Gospel of Mark and used the clip above to capture some of the events in chapters 1-8. I love what our creative team did with it. This is an old story, with significant present day implications. Nearly 2,000 years ago, in a small rural province of Roman-ruled Israel, there was a man who claimed to not only be a king, but the King; not only one sent from God, but the Son of God. His name was Jesus. In dramatic detail, the Gospel of Mark tells the riveting story of Jesus’ brief years of ministry in sixteen short, action-packed chapters. Mark, an assistant to the apostle Peter, is a masterful story-teller. Using a style of writing that is simple and original he recounts the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; events which form the very center of cosmic and human history. Join us as we explore the life and work of the One who fulfilled all the Old Testament hopes for the coming Christ, the Messiah, and see first-hand how only his story makes sense of our own. [From the Downtown Cornerstone Church blog.]

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Do you know about Acts 29?

One of the unique joys and privileges of my life has been to participate in what God is doing in and through Acts 29. I have been on staff, served as a regional director, helped establish a presence in South America and, now, as a church planter. Over the course of last ten years the network has grown from a small huddle of like-minded pastors to a global network of over 500 churches-planting-churches. In this new video, Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church and president of Acts 29 talks about the network and where God is leading us. If you would like to learn more about planting with Acts 29 go here. If you would like to learn more about participating in an urban church planter residency with us, go here

As of 2013, here is where the network stands:

  • 482 Churches within Acts 29
  • 142,932 People attending Acts 29 churches
  • 61 Countries supported through the work of Acts 29 churches
  • 6 Continents represented by Acts 29 churches
  • 18 Denominations represented within Acts 29
  • 10,026 Baptisms at Acts 29 churches in 2012
  • 97.9% Planter success rate
  • $18M Given to church planting initiatives in 2012
  • 273 Church planters sent out in 2012

 Learn more about the Acts 29 distinctives here.  
Learn more about the Four Hopes of Acts 29 here.  

Serve the City '13 recap video

From the Downtown Cornerstone Church blog:  

Downtown Cornerstone Church is committed to building a great city, not just a great church. Our desire is to see gospel renewal take place from the avenues to the alleyways of this city that we love. On July 20th over 100 people from DCC partnered with Dunlap Elementary School in Rainier Valley to help with some much needed maintenance. We serve because we have been served, in Christ. The following clip gives a great recap of our time together serving the city. MORE...

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
— Jeremiah 29:7

Our church's second birthday video

Nearly three years ago a small group of us began praying about planting a new Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, Gospel-centered church in the heart of downtown Seattle. After ten months of prayer, planning and preparation we marked our birth on the first Sunday of April 2011. A week ago, by God's grace, we celebrated our second birthday. It has been a challenging and joy-filled stretch. We put this clip together to recount our brief history and some of the most significant evidences of grace along the way. Thanks for sharing in our joy. 

Mark Dever on creating a reading church

Short, helpful and wise clip by Mark Dever on success, metrics, fruitfulness and faithfulness.

“I’m not a numbers guy…do you know how many times Paul asks how big somebodies church is? Zero.”
“I care a lot that a whole lot of people are saved and all I can do is preach the gospel.”
“The last thing I believe is that there is a correlation between my faithfulness and fruitfulness.”

HT: Timmy Brister