5 Reasons Why Small Groups Are Essential for Church Health

5 Reasons Why Small Groups Are Essential for Church Health

Jonathan Hayashi

“I don’t need a small group. I’ve got my family and Jesus.” I mean, I guess that makes sense? If we have Jesus, then why do we want or need to have another commitment? But looking at the life of Christ himself, we see he spends a majority of his life in a community. In fact, Pastor Eugene Peterson wrote, “1/10th of Jesus’s…

That Time We Sang in Hindi

That Time We Sang in Hindi

Santosh and Shiny John

“Do you hear that, Shine?” I asked my wife. It was a sound straight out of my church childhood – the all-too-familiar tempo of clapping in unison with every, single, beat. But we were at a conference for second or third generation Indians, not immigrants. “What is that?” She pushed the door open, and we looked right…

I Used To Think People Who Raised Hands In Worship Were Weird

I Used To Think People Who Raised Hands In Worship Were Weird

Brett McCracken

I used to think people who raised their hands in worship were weird. I grew up in Baptist churches in the Midwest, where the two or three people who occasionally raised their hands while singing a hymn or worship song were looked upon with some suspicion. For most of my life I was all about belting out the hymns…