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Tim Brister

Provocations & Pantings

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Don’t Waste Your Basal Ganglia

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:34:25 +0000

Have you ever heard of your basal ganglia? Yeah, me neither. But I’m telling you now, and I beg you, please do not waste your basal ganglia. Let me explain why. In his book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg talks about how habits are formed in the brain. There is in our brain a […]

Disposed to the Master’s Correction

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:29:22 +0000

I have been listening (via Audible) and reading again through Robert Coleman’s classic book, The Master Plan of Evangelism. It has been over a decade since I last read it, and I am finding more and more jewels than before (hopefully a sign of discernment). This morning, I came across a profound observation from the […]

Evangelism is not an optional accessory to our life.

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 20:09:16 +0000

“Clearly Jesus did not leave the work of evangelism subject to human impression or convenience. To his disciples it was a definite command, perceived by impulse at the beginning of their discipleship, but progressively clarified in their thinking as they followed him, and finally spelled out in no uncertain terms. No one who followed Jesus […]

The Legacy of Ordinary Life on Mission in the Early Church

Mon, 16 May 2016 16:42:50 +0000

“Now those who were scattered went about preaching the Word.” – Acts 8:4 “Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch…” – Acts 11:19 Those who read the book of Acts will notice the influence of two major churches: the church […]

B.L.E.S.S. Your Neighbors

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:28:40 +0000

Dave Ferguson argues, “God’s way of reaching and restoring the world has always been through a blessing strategy.” He asks, “How do we in a very practical way that’s theologically grounded explain to people how they could bless people in places they are incarnating?” He answered this question with five ways to bless your neighbors […]

A Good Starting Point

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 14:40:13 +0000

“It is so important to love your neighborhood and its culture. As we sense our growing marginalization with the wider culture, it is all too easy to view it as a threat. But viewing the culture around you as a threat is not a good starting point for reaching people with the gospel.” – Steve […]

Neighboring with Fire in Your Bones

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:10:52 +0000

I love me some Keith Green. Few people have stoked the embers in my heart for the glory of God and salvation of souls than this brother. Consider this lyric from the song below: “The world is sleeping in the dark that the church just can’t fight ’cause its asleep in the light. How can […]

Neighboring 101: Tithe Your Meals

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 22:44:34 +0000

The average person will eat three meals a day. Most people do not think strategically about how they spend their meals, but meals play a strategic and vital role to missional engagement on the block. A practical way to invest in your neighborhood is to “tithe” your meals for mission. Can you take two meals […]

Exemplars of Neighboring Well: Kristin Schell

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:01:05 +0000

I love learning from others who are leaning hard on God as they love their neighbors well. Let me introduce you to Kristin Schell. As her story below explains, she took a simple command with small steps of faith and watched God work through her intentional life of obedience. I first heard of Kristin from […]

Love Always Takes Time

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:13:17 +0000

“Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is the one thing hurried people don’t have.” – John Ortberg