Deploying Gospel Loot

For a church to be all that it can be, every saint has to get in the game and deploy the gifts Jesus has invested in him or her. That’s what Ephesians 4:7-13 is about. You can listen to Every Saint a Servant HERE. Sunday we also announced the creation of an eight person team […]

Restore’s 2 year anniversary & a Hardcore Easter Sermon

Sunday marked the two year anniversary of Restore holding weekly services. Ironically, that did not even occur to me until Clete texted me in the morning. (You can read his text in the pics below.) We launched weekly services Easter 2012 not because church planting pundits recommend launching on Easter or because having Sunday services […]

Unity: A Worthy Response

Living in unity on mission is a proper response to the gospel. Pastor Shannon Nielson of Mosaic Church in Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor addressed this theme as he preached from Ephesians 4:1-6 in our Ephesians series. In this message Shannon walks the text and answers 3 critical questions. 1. Why is unity important? 2. How does Satan […]

When Commitment Collides with Compromise

Has Nehemia gone loco? Confrontation. Cursing. beating. Yanking out hair. Whaaaat?! Not exactly what you expect after the massive celebration in Nehemiah 12. In this closing message of our Nehemiah series we see what happens when commitment collides with compromise, and where the ultimate collision took place. You can listen HERE. 30 Restore peeps had […]

Urban Heart Transplanting

“Do I make decisions for myself or the betterment of my community?” That’s a gripping question Pastor Clete raised in his sermon from Nehemiah 11 that keeps running through my mind. It’s going on the Hanafee kitchen chalkboard. Listen here as Clete preaches on an often overlooked but vital section of Nehemiah as he lays […]

Commitment: The Legs of Repentance

A lot of people spiritually sleep around – they enjoy benefits of a church/es without relational investment, sacrifice, & accountability. But when God revives His people, repentance is followed by commitment. Not man-centered, moralistic, religious, pull yourself up by the bootstraps commitments, but God-centered commitments rooted in hearts gripped by grace & passionate about reflecting […]

True Repentance & Real Joy

Repentance, like all good gifts, has it’s counterfeits. True Repentance, however, is heart-rending & radically God-centered. And, ironically, it results in what we were searching for when we were walking in rebellion, joy! You can listen to this second message on revival, from Nehemiah 9, here. The message was preceded by a powerful spoken word, […]

Knocking on a whorehouse door

“The man knocking on a brothel door is looking for God” wrote GK Chesterton 100 years ago. When God moves through a people they see just that – that the joy they have been searching for in a thousand idolatrous & rebellious ways is found in Jesus and experienced through grace. This work of revival […]

Injustice, Entitlement, & the Fear of God

Urban ministry must address the realities of both injustice and entitlement. That’s why Nehemiah 5 is as fresh, applicable, and relevant today as it was two and half millennia ago. As work continues, Nehemiah faces the worst kind of opposition of all, opposition within the ranks. Not only does he show us how to respond […]

The Bishop of Baltimore brings it in Detroit

If you care about reaching your city, your time will not be wasted in watching this message by Michael Crawford of Freedom Church in Baltimore. If I had a bishop, it would be Mike! I love this brother’s gospel fueled passion for making disciples in the urban core. Something really special went down this weekend! […]