Building Bridges to Our Muslim Neighbors

In December 2018, families from Vintage Church’s North Raleigh campus shared dinner with Muslim families at the North Raleigh Masjid, which runs out of a strip-mall and doubles as a mosque and community center. Most of the 25-plus attendees from Vintage had never stepped foot in a Muslim space before; they displayed a nervous excitement… Read More

4 Things That Caused the Early Church to Spread Like Wildfire

The opening pages of the book of Acts show us the church God used to launch the movement that we call Christianity. On their opening Sunday, 3,000 people came to faith in Jesus Christ. At their second public gathering, over 5,000 were added to their number. Historians and scholars go on to tell us that within six months… Read More

Share Don’t Adjust Your Conscience to Fit the Culture

Most of us are familiar with Martin Luther’s heroic statement at the Diet of Worms when he was called upon to recant. “Unless I am convinced by sacred Scripture, or by evident reason, I cannot recant, for my conscience is held captive by the Word of God, and to act against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here… Read More

The Oxygen That Sustains Our Evangelism

“Secure your own oxygen mask first before assisting other passengers.” This directive is familiar to anyone who has traveled in recent years on a commercial airplane. In the event of an emergency (“a sudden loss of cabin pressure”), we’re told that an oxygen mask would descend from the plane’s ceiling for each person. Naturally, in… Read More

3 Things Christians Can Learn From West Africa’s Historic Mud Mosques

Winding through narrow passages between cinder-block homes, I finally emerged into a clearing. There, standing before me, were the white-washed walls of Ghana’s ancient Larabanga Mosque. It shined brilliantly in the sun, and its two minarets towered up toward the blue sky. I had never seen a structure quite like it. The Larabanga Mosque is… Read More

Activating Everyday Missionaries in Your Church

Exponential 2019 is less than three months away. We’re looking forward to unpacking our 2019 theme, “Made for More: Mobilizing God’s People, God’s Way.” This is the first time our theme has focused on a book of the Bible—one chapter in Ephesians for each critical paradigm shift. We believe these six shifts have the potential to… Read More

The (Hidden) Theology and History of O Come, O Come Emmanuel

If anyone had a side hustle or a gig, it was the Anglican priest and hymn writer, John Mason Neale. Neale (1818-1866) not only founded a nursing order of Anglican nuns, helped social welfare organizations care for orphans and young woman, and was a warden of Sackville college, but he translated early and medieval Greek and Latin hymns… Read More