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April 27, 2019

Because of that moment, I realize two things; one, I’m a deeply flawed human being with the propensity to overreact when betrayed. Secondly, I never thought about how it made me feel or what I thought about it, I reacted first and foremost out of gut impulse. For some...

February 2, 2019

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gav...

October 28, 2018

*Ryan J. Pelton is a writer and pastor in the Kansas City area. Follow his blog here

In 2009, my family moved to urban Kansas City to plant a church. We came with a handful of money, big faith, and no contacts. Not the dream scenario for planting gospel roots in the s...

October 21, 2018

It wasn’t a glowing success story… after twenty years of faithful service and 6 years into a church plant, his marriage was struggling (although no one knew it), he had leaders skimming the offering, bills he couldn’t pay, and a balloon payment on the mortgage that was...

September 25, 2018

When leaders allow fear, selfishness, passiveness, or a general lack of focused oversight in leading, bad things happen. Team members are negatively impacted and harmony and unity are disrupted. This is where conflict grows and harms an organization. I’m sure you have...

May 23, 2017

I've been a pastoral resident at The Avenue Church for three and a half months, which means I'm a bona fide rookie. What could I possibly know at this point about what it means to be a pastor? I can definitely tell you that there is still a lot I don't know, but I can...

May 19, 2017

My fascination with the universe began at an early age. As a child, I remember having solar system maps, moon posters, and glow in the dark “stars” covering the walls and ceiling of my bedroom. The more I learned about the nature of the universe and all that is within...

May 15, 2017

Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded y...

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