Parenting in the Pews

Last week at Refuge, I preached on a major decision that our plurality of elders came to with respect to our corporate worship gathering. We decided—after over a year of prayerful deliberation—to lower our kid's ministry age on Sundays to 6, meaning all children 7 and up will be in the service with us. If you have 55 minutes to spare, you can watch or listen in on the biblical bedrock that led us to…

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Breaching The Over-Forty Bunker

Church is hard. What did you expect when you redeem a people from every tribe and tongue and age and slam them together into one body, one building, one family? It's hard because people are hard, and that's what the Church is. This has been true at Refuge; we've had many difficulties. We've had adulteries and we've had gossip. We've had our doctrinal divisions and our spiritual valleys.

But one difficulty that I didn't consider—yet which we've faced in just about every stage of our church's existence—is actually much more innocuous looking: Keeping our church looking like...

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