A friend recently revealed the “secret sauce” of Hope Chapels. He told me, “this is something you never teach, but I learned it from you anyway.” So much for making disciples… He said the secret sauce is that we established a root culture of communication at every level in our movement. He discovered it in …

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Juneteenth celebrations began in churches and rightly so. The holiday began one year after the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas. The Confederate army had surrendered months earlier but it was on June 19, 1865 that Union General Robert Granger read the liberating document in the streets of Texas. A year later the commemoration began. Jesus came …

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Thirty-nine years ago, Aaron Suzuki and I moved our families to Hawaii from Southern California. We had a strong church behind us yet had plans to start an automotive repair service as a bivocational fallback. We didn’t anticipate strong spiritual hunger among the people we would meet. I would now admit that our years there …

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Randall Ishida has stage four cancer. He’s on some kind of wonder drugs that actually might save his life. However, someone spread a social media rumor that he died. A Facebook “friend” connected with him to ask why Randall had spread such a rumor if he was still alive and hanging around. The conversation turned …

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John 15 has a hold on me. I can’t seem to get out of the chapter and the one before it. I’ve been talking with several hurting friends. They’ve been pruned, and they don’t appreciate it. They’re fussed up because things aren’t going to plan. Perhaps they (and we) don’t get that pruning is an honor …

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You could call this article “Where have all the people gone?” Or “Why are so many pastors leaving?”   Churches are smaller, and not everyone who left is home watching Andy Stanley on YouTube. Most of those who are gone are just that—gone!   Truth is, churches and leaders are a smaller band on the …

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Legalism can be a symptom of self-idolatry. The words of John the Baptist come to mind – his words and actions tell us that Jesus must increase and that we must decrease. But we can get that backwards. Researching Dallas Jenkins, creator of The Chosen, I came across a bunch of self-idolators. For every video …

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