Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

Books on Church (from 1st year of planting)

September 30, 2010

A friend and church planter recently asked me for a list of “best books” I read my first year of church planting on ecclesiology. Here is that list: Academic “The Challenge of Churchless Christianity” – Timothy C. Tennent (article) Introduction to Ecclesiology, Veli-Matti Karkkainen When Church Was A Family, Hellerman Anthrpological Insights on Missiological Issues, Hiebert The Missionary Movement in Xn History, Walls Practioner Total Church – Chester & Timmis The Essence of the Church/The Spirit-Led Ministry of the Missional

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The City to Come in the City that Is

September 30, 2010

Just think, if you knew the future, if you knew what would happen 10, 20, 100 years from now wouldn’t you live differently? Wouldn’t you alter your actions in reaction to the future, to make the best of your life? In Revelation 21, God shows us the future through three distinct images: a City, a Bride, and a New Creation. What do these images mean? What does a future-as-city tell us about the present? Knowing the future, how should it

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Best Practices for Fight Clubs

September 27, 2010

Over at www.gospelcentereddiscipleship.com we’ve listed some best practices for implementing Fight Clubs in your church, ministry, and life. Take a minute to read through them and see how you may need to correct or improve in making the gospel of grace central in your discipleship. I’ve listed the categories below: 1. Strengths for Success 2. Challenges We Face 3. Indefinite Duration of Groups 4. Fight Clubs for Pastors

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How the Gospel Renews Cities

September 23, 2010

The gospel renews cities by Christians changing their view of the city, by being changed by the city themselves, and being changed by the gospel in the city. Change Your View of the City Christians have a terrible reputation for seeing the city as a bad place, something to flee from, something to judge, something to escape. Alternatively, some Christians view the city as something to be conquered or saved. They swagger into a city as great spiritual giants, as

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