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Justice is love rolling up it’s sleeve.
Sally Lloyd-Jones on the power of story in parenting and how we need to start telling better stories.
The Jesus Storybook Bible she wrote is incredible. We give these out to every parent at Red Door because it is that good at bringing kids and parents into the entire storyline of the Bible.
Here new book Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing is a great followup that brings kids and their parents into incredible stories that reveal the truth in Scripture.
The Queen (Taken with Instagram at Fountain Square)
The Invisible Children :: Kony 2012
Help make Joseph Kony famous. Or rather… help him become infamous. www.kony2012.com
Have you ever crashed a church service?
On Sunday morning, January 29, we met at Red Door for worship and then packed everyone up and headed 30 minutes down the road to crash Lakota Hills Baptist Church. Once we arrived, our crew leaders jumped out of their cars and into action setting up outside with their teams as the morning service finished up inside at LHBC. We worked quietly and efficiently setting up our tables, a sound system, a few signs, all our boxes and cards, and then finally one big receiving line. We worked quickly so we would be ready and waiting for the Lakota Hills people as they walked outside and into our joy.
Now it may sound a bit strange to secretly setup outside another church waiting to ambush the people (with a lil love and a lotta chocolate chip cookies) as they walk outside on a Sunday morning but this isn’t just any church. Lakota Hills is, what we lovingly refer to as, our mother church. They are the church who has stepped into our lives in some very big and very amazing ways and taken care of us with money, with prayers and even sending people to help with things like setup and child care. They truly are a “mom” to us and our new church.
Well… the moment finally arrived when the first few families walked out into the chilly winter Ohio air as the sweet tunes of “We Are Family” began blasting away from our portable sound system. Our kids eagerly handed out little Thank You boxes full of handmade chocolate chip cookies and a “Red Door Family Photo” card that simply read “we love Lakota Hills”. A few other RedDoorians passed out Starbucks coffee and some amazingly delicious hot cocoa.
I am not sure they realized what happened at first. I mean, how often do you walk outside and get mugged with chocolate chip cookies? But soon the realization of what was happening set in, and you began to see hugs exchanged and smiles shared as our two churches embraced each other in a way that only family can.
The fact is – our party was simply a response. We have been loved on, invested in, and prayed for and we could not wait to give back. If you are a church that is thinking about investing in church planting then I just want to say please, please, please go all in. Become a parent to another church – throw yourself in fully. But just to let you know… you may be surprised by what happens in that collision!
PS. If you happen to be a church that is looking for a church to sponsor then just know that we would love some grandparent churches too - Gramma and Grampa are always the best and most favorite of any kid! In all seriousness though… Lakota Hills is a big part of birthing and caring for Red Door. But we, along with Lakota Hills, are desiring for, praying for, and hoping for more partnerships as we move into the future. To see our young church continue to grow and to see more Red Doors planted.
PPS. Check out more photos from the Crash :: Flickr
Send North America
It is so amazing to share Jensine’s story with everyone. I will never forget these early days of beginning Red Door. It has been an incredible experience to be a part of Annie Armstrong and the NAMB Send strategy this year, and I am excited to see what happens as we give through the cooperative program to see even more churches started in North America.
Check out a longer video and read more about Annie and North American missions » Annie Armstrong
PS. I definitely went through a grungy lumberjack phase there!
Elizabeth Chaney, Overheard In An Orchard, 1859
ReThreads is a free clothing store Red Door has helped launch and run whose mission is to provide students with clothing that not only fits, but also fits in.