Category Archives: Church Planting

How do you become a Jedi when you cannot find a Yoda?

When I was younger, I looked for a Yoda to train me and become a Jedi in life. I wanted to be a great leader, Christian, man, pastor and even lift rocks by looking at them. Yet everybody that I … Continue reading

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Salvation: Horizontal AND Vertical

Salvation is not only vertical. It’s also horizontal. God has saved us from sin for himself to spend eternity with Him, but God has also saved us to serve one another and break down the walls that divide. A church … Continue reading

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Korean New Years, Cultures Collide and the Church

In Korean culture, New Year’s is a big deal. On New Year’s Day, families gather to eat dduk-gook (rice cake soup) and play games of yutt-nori together. But the climax of the gathering is when the children sebae (bow) to their parents and grandparents, bowing very … Continue reading

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Discerning Values

At Wellspring, we merged two different ways of doing church with Blanchard and Living Water. One church merger between an Anglo and African American church fell apart because one side did not realize how much they inadvertently assumed that their … Continue reading

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A View from My Seat

I have a great seat to see what God is doing through the church. Today I want to celebrate a few of the stories that I’m hearing. In our youth ministry, a non-Christian student struggled to feel loved.  At our … Continue reading

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Gifts from Heaven and Starbucks

Recently, a dear man of God dropped by out of the blue and dropped off a gift from heaven and a gift from Starbucks. From Starbucks came two cookies that could be savored with a cup of strong black coffee. … Continue reading

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Moving Forward (Acts 7:44–60)

Change is never easy. Very broadly, Living Water has navigated changes from small to large, mono-generational to multigenerational, and  monocultural to multicultural.  Very broadly, Blanchard has navigated changes from a comfortable (yet declining) stability to an uncomfortable (yet growing) change, … Continue reading

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