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Matthew's Table is a church stripped of its formality. We hope to spark your imagination in.. what God is doing in cultivating new forms of Christian community, stimulating radical discipleship,.. and rousing innovative mission.

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  • Blank Bible ChallengeI came across this interesting campaign this morning. The Seed Company has unveiled an initiative to churches across the country designed to bring awareness for the need of Scripture translation for people groups that have never had the biblical text...
  • Mission and Discipleship
    on Aug 3, 2010 in blog featured discipleship mission
    Len Hjalmarson provides this great illustration on the inextricable relationship between mission and discipleship. What do you think?
  • A Wandering Stranger Sam
    on Aug 2, 2010 in blog featured salvation
    Yesterday Sam wandered into our gathering. In the midst of our discussion around the great “Why?” of God from Psalm 67, I asked this question: What does God’s blessing look like in your life? After some blank stares, Sam speaks up and b...
  • John Piper on sabbatical
    on Jul 29, 2010 in blog featured John Piper
    In case you were wondering what John Piper may be up to these days while on sabbatical, this should give you an idea. See more funny videos and TBT Videos at Today’s Big Thing. via @darrinpatrick Piper explains his sabbatical here...
  • Bearing Fruit?
    on Jul 26, 2010 in blog featured fruit Jesus John 15 vine
    “Bearing fruit.” That is some Christianese if I have ever heard it. However, as we dove into John 15 Sunday, we find that believers are pruned to bear more fruit; that we are like a fruit bearing branch branch attached to the vine Jesus;...
  • Sabbath rest
    on Jul 23, 2010 in blog featured Jesus Sabbath
    “The Sabbath is the realm of existence where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath...
  • Return of the one hit wonders
    on Jul 22, 2010 in blog featured Europe missional Missions
    Java Joe’s has a way of bringing out the best in people. We once had three straight days of drive-through customers “pay it forward” to the people who came in behind them. Now, we hope to tap into that generosity to raise money to underwrit...
  • A tale of 2 homes
    on Jul 21, 2010 in blog featured Bible foolish Jesus wise
    You probably heard the story and learned the song at VBS or in Sunday school as a child “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and...
  • Thoughts on the gospel
    on Jul 19, 2010 in blog featured Gospel Jesus missional
    The gospel confronts us with the hopelessness of our sinful condition. But we do not like what we see of ourselves in the gospel. Rather we shrink back from it. We live in the land of self-improvement. Certainly there are steps we can take to make ou...
  • Introducing Maximus Ryan Carpenter
    on Jul 16, 2010 in blog featured birth family
    Maximus (Max) Ryan Carpenter entered this world on July 15, 2010 at 2:10pm. He weighed 7.8 lbs and is 20 inches long. What’s in a name? Maximus Ryan = greatest little king. Our prayer for both of our children has been eloquently stated by none...
  • MQuest NashvilleOur friends over at Shapevine will be launching an unique training opportunity for missional formation. The Missional Quest series is a cohort based learning journey that will give you the opportunity to join in a small group of thirty like-minded so...
  • Health Care ReformDo we really expect government to anything? Me? No! Just because a bill does and does not contain certain language in regards to what our tax dollars pay for, does it really matter? I am confident that my tax dollars go to support many, many, many th...
  • Southern Culture on the SkidsThe South is changing. The vibrant growth of our cities have transformed the cultural landscape. Cities like Nashville have become places where culture is being formed and made. And yet as our cities are advancing, the church is shrinking. For the fi...
  • Kingdom of God and Preaching the GospelRight now on Sundays, we are walking through Luke’s Gospel. We will eventually pick up Acts and while traveling with Paul on his missionary journeys, we will pick up the letters he wrote to the churches that started as a result. Studying for t...
  • Transubstantiation versus ConsubstantiationIt always comes down to transubstantiation versus consubstantiation. Happy St. Patrick’s Day (via @ jaredcwilson)...
  • Cultural DistanceCultural Distance m0-m1 Those with some concept of Christianity, speak the same language, have similar interests. m1-m2 A person who has little or no concept of or interest in Christianity and are suspicious of the Church. m2-m3 People who h...
  • Who is this?
    on Mar 15, 2010 in Sermon Notes disciples faith Jesus
    In Luke 8:22-25, Jesus and the disciples take a boat tip across the Sea of Galilee. Jesus finds a spot to get some rest and as he does a storm emerges. Waves are sweeping over the edge and threaten to capsize them. Sensing the danger, the disciples c...
  • Simplicity
    on Mar 12, 2010 in Uncategorized simplicity
    sim·plic·i·ty   [sim-plis-i-tee] –noun,plural-ties. 1. the state, quality, or an instance of being simple. 2. freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts: an organism of great simplicity. 3. absence of luxury, pretentiousness,...
  • As the Father has sent me
    on Mar 11, 2010 in Missional Church Jesus mission sent
    God the Father sent Jesus the son “to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on a cross” (Col 1:20). A Cross? Put yourself in the disciple’s shoes. The events Jesus...
  • Moments
    on Mar 10, 2010 in Culture Uncategorized moments
    A visual representation of life defining moments. What are some of your moments? Moments from Everynone on Vimeo. via: Culture Making...
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