Sunday Debrief: There’s Room at the Table of Grace (8/10/14)

Sundays like today are one of the main reasons I do what I do. The whole morning, from start to finish, blessed and encouraged me, and I hope it did the same for you. I know that the ones who gathered this morning do not want a sterile, decaying church. I believe we want to see real change happen in real people. I believe that we want to trust Jesus to be that change rather than be Jesus’ triage nurse, telling him what’s wrong with everyone and what they need.

For our church, I think it’s time for a leap of faith. . . Continue reading “Sunday Debrief: There’s Room at the Table of Grace (8/10/14)”

Your Home–A Key to World Changing

Your home. Your apartment. Your condo. Your tent. Whatever it may be, God has already given you what is, to me, the biggest evangelistic tool you could possibly have. The place you live.

Hospitality is not mainly hosting parties. Biblical hospitality thinks differently.

Jeff Vanderstelt // Hospitality & the Church in America from Newfrontiers USA on Vimeo.

Let’s dive in and look at the biblical view of hospitality. People have written tomes on this, so you can go read those if you want better answers. But hospitality has always been key to the life of God’s people.

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One Pastor’s Struggle With Altar Calls

I am always aware of the roots of my church, The Chapel. That in the 1970s Billy Graham came to Tiger Stadium and that arrival stirred the hearts of several couples in Baton Rouge to begin a church. Shortly thereafter they called upon Donald Tabb, who worked with Billy at the time, to be their pastor. The Lord had already been working in Donald’s heart to consider pastoring rather than traveling (he had a young family at the time); and Donald joined.

The Chapel’s 40th Birthday from The Chapel on Vimeo.

Donald can convert a man or woman by simply looking at them. I’m not kidding. His gaze is piercing and gracious. His steel blue eyes look right into your very soul and extract things you never knew were there. He’s a man’s man. And He’s God’s man. And for decades he would give altar calls or opportunities in the service for people to come to Jesus. And they were effective. At the end of June I did a funeral for a man who came to Christ because Donald preached. People in the congregation ask me from time to time why I don’t do them more regularly since that method of preaching was tranformative for their own life.

So this is my opportunity to praise God for Donald and share my heart. . .

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