Dan Barnes

23 August by Dan Barnes

Things We Shouldn’t Tolerate in the Church, and a Few We Should

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What defines a church?  What is a church and what isn’t a church?  We have had this discussion a lot when it comes to church growth and church planting.  There are definitely some some distinctives that exist, or at least should in the church.  Things we welcome, things we tolerate and some things we shouldn’t. […]

17 August by Dan Barnes

Maybe We Should be More Positive

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I was invited to a back to school celebration this week.  The keynote speaker, Dr Draper (not that Dr. Draper) shared with us that we need to be positive when we talk about schools. . . other schools.  He made the comment that most people in the US think that their schools are good, but […]

10 August by Dan Barnes

What to Do With Mark Driscoll

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Mark Driscoll is hot news again, this time with protesters and many calling for his resignation.  What do we do with the Mark Driscolls of the world?  I have little doubt that Mark loves God and desires to serve Him.  I also have no doubt that Mark is a strong leader, a charismatic leader and […]

2 August by Dan Barnes

Just Sayin. . .

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If you have ever heard this phrase, you have probably just been either criticized or insulted or both.  I will admit, I hate this phrase, mostly because it means nothing.  Just sayin. . . what did I think you were doing?  If I hear you talking, I know you are just saying something, but it’s […]

31 July by Dan Barnes

The Problem of Being Busy

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Are you busy? Probably, it seems we are all busy all the time.  We like to judge if we are working hard by being busy. There is a huge problem that comes from us being busy all the time, however. You see, we are told in scripture about a whole lot of “one anothers”. We […]

29 July by Dan Barnes

Not What, Ask Why!

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I have grown up mostly in the 80s and 90s, and during those time periods, there has been a shift in the way examination and beliefs have processed. In the baby boomer generation, the question was “what should we do”? In my generation, Gen X and Gen Y, the question is not so much of […]

9 July by Dan Barnes

Simple Things Work

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If you have read my posts, you know I am a Sunday school guy.  Specifically, I am a fan of Lifeway Sunday school. I believe it works, and I think churches will grow if they use it correctly. Read David Francis’ books on Sunday school. Download then free at Lifeway’s website. There are simple things […]