A Band of Brothers

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep […]

A Lego Church


I love Lego bricks. They are, without question (in my opinion), the best toy ever invented. Give a kid thousands of tiny little bricks and the freedom of imagination, and he or she will spend hours creating and configuring and combining with other toys… I’ve also always been a fan of space dramas, particularly Star […]

Churches are like Glass (By Malachi O’Brien)


This post is by Malachi O’Brien. Malachi pastors the Church at Pleasant Ridge, near Harrisonville, MO. This post originally appeared at http://www.malachiobrien.com/. Glass is beautiful, useful, and fragile. If dropped glass can SHATTER. Churches are much the same and are extremely fragile. I have personally seen churches split, dissolve, die, and erode in irrelevancy. I […]

There’s Always A Harold (by Tony Jones)

This post is authored by Tony Jones. Tony is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rich Hill, MO. He blogs at http://thespiritualwoodshed.com/. He lived next door to the church, just a few feet away from the front door. He bought his house before the church building was even built, and he had seen pastors […]

Transformational Church


This past Monday (Oct 6), I went to a Transformational Church conference in Ozark, MO, with a couple of fellow pastors. After a day of listening to Ed Stetzer and Micah Fries discuss what could properly be called issues of church revitalization, we headed home but not before a stop at Lambert’s Café—home of the […]

Joy in Suffering (Mike Bergman)

This past Sunday, I continued preaching a Sunday morning series on joy from Philippians. In it we talked about taking joy in the accomplishments of Jesus (3:1-12). Paul told the church once more to “rejoice in the Lord” and tells them that he will keep on reminding them of this again and again. Such a […]

The Necessity of Repentance

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” ~ Jesus, Mark 1:15 “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Peter, Acts […]

Joy: Keeping a Check on Your Attitude

This past Sunday, I continued my month-long series through Philippians on the topic of joy. For the sermon, I looked at 2:1-18—a rather lengthy chunk, and focused on the idea of having joy by living in the humility of Christ. In that passage, Paul calls us to be unified and to be servants. These things […]