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About Me: 

I am the founder of ChapterNext, a pastor-search church consultancy based in Chicagoland, as well as an Affiliate Professor of Worship and Church History at Northern Seminary in Lisle, IL. During my ministry, I have had the privilege of serving congregations in both the RCA and CRCNA. When I am not working, I am hanging out with my family or reading a book or fishing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or serving as the Commissioner of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League or playing piano.

 

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The Return of the Church Cemetery

If your church is looking to meet a need in the community and your campus includes ample green space, consider setting aside space for a garden where families can scatter or bury the cremated remains of their loved ones.

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The Pastoral Practice of Self-Reflection

Self-reflection is difficult. It encourages us to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge our limitations. It requires that we ask ourselves personal questions, the answers to which will force us out of comfort zones. 

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Is Your Congregation a Frontier or Immigrant Church Plant?

Throughout the history of Christianity, I've observed two models of church planting that I will label Frontier & Immigrant. Each model has implicit strengths and weaknesses. What is your congregation?

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Beware of Dissing the Preacher

As I read through sermons by the great Reformer Martin Luther, I got stuck on a sermon from Luke 2:41-52. Was I concluding that Luther preached a good sermon but did not preach the text?

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A Thought on Praying the Psalms

Praying the Psalms for the “whole Christ" enriches my prayer life. It increases my appreciation for the global church, weakens the grip of individualism, and brings to life Psalms I might otherwise overlook.  

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What's Love Got to Do With It? How The Heart of God Shapes Worship

Recent conversations on worship fail to answer this simple question, “What’s love got to do with it?” In this volume, I answer that question and more by identifying biblical principles that shape our love as worshipers. 

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Confessions

When I asked my class of nearly 30 students to pick their #1 line from the Confessions of Augustine, there was very little duplication. This list of their 'top lines' may encourage you to revisit this classic spiritual autobiography.

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Five Steps to Denominational Renewal - Part 3

I've noticed that people like me and congregations like mine have chosen one of three types of relationships with their denominations. The third group (the newest kid on the block) may not be readily apparent to most.

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Five Steps to Denominational Renewal - Part 2

This may come as a surprise to some, but a denomination is not a church. The denomination needs to embrace and affirm its true identity and sole purpose: to support the ministry of local congregations. 

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Five Steps to Denominational Renewal - Part 1

Most pastors will acknowledge that the relationship between their congregations and their denominations is tethered by but a thread. One wonders if there's a future for denominations, and if so, what's the way forward?

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