Posts by Jed Brown

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Effective Small Groups, Part 2

by Jed Brown

What is an effective small group? This is the question we’re exploring in this series of posts.  Now, as with any group, inside or outside the church, there is a pooling of something, when you get people together. Lots of churches have floundered on the rocky shoals of believing that if you just throw some […]

Effective Small Groups

by Jed Brown

What’s a small group for? Briefly, to be a channel of grace flowing, from God, to each member of the group. And from each member of the group. What everyone needs most is grace, from God – everyone IN the group, and OUTSIDE the group. This series of posts will elaborate on effective groups, starting […]

Genesis 28

by Jed Brown

There are two elements from today’s reading, that should be encouraging to us, in the middle of our real life challenges.  The first comes in v. 10-17. Jacob has left his father, on his way to look for a wife among the daughters of his uncle Laban. And along the way, God meets him, in […]

Verbs and Objects

by Jed Brown

One of the great axioms embedded in all the Bible is that what’s most important about our actions, the verbs of our lives, is the object. That is the most important detail – actually the most important detail of our lives. Actions themselves are neutral. Verbs are value-neutral. What makes them good or bad, enlightening […]

Genesis 14

by Jed Brown

Melchizedek is a unique figure in all of Genesis. Where everyone else appears in the middle of some kind of genealogy, Melchizedek seems to appear out of nowhere, bless Abraham and receive a tithe of honor from him, and then disappear again. No genealogy, and never mentioned again. It’s as if he is above the […]

Genesis 6

by Jed Brown

Reading Genesis 6 requires self-control, to keep from getting lost in the weeds, distracted from the author’s main intent.  Who are the “sons of God” (v. 2)? The Nephilim (v. 4)? Were they fallen angels? Or just really big humans, that have since died out? Did the Nephilim have kids? These questions can dazzle us […]

Feedback Loops

by Jed Brown

This past Sunday, someone mentioned the importance of soliciting feedback in ministry. Yes! Our individual disciplines are important, but there is growth that comes only in community.  So then, developing godly “feedback loops” is crucial for Grace Church. What then, practically, do godly “feedback loops” look like? Humble. Yes, of course. But it’s always worth […]

We Are What We Love

by Jed Brown

1 John 2:15-17 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father […]